US military convoy to travel across Czech territory
The Czech government on Monday confirmed it had agreed to allow US military personnel and vehicles returning from a NATO operation in the Baltic states to travel across the Czech Republic to a military base in Germany. The operation, titled Atlantic Resolve, was a show of force and solidarity for NATO countries bordering Russia, nervous over that country’s intervention in Ukraine.
“Our agreement honours our commitments with NATO partners and it is also a gesture of unity...”
“It is worth adding that our forces will help, providing for example, fuel for vehicles on route. The expenses are being fully covered by the US.”
Not all are happy with the government’s decision: although it was welcomed by the opposition centre-right parties, the Communists came out against. Alexander Černý, a member of the Defence Committee, argued that a decision such as allowing a foreign military convoy passage should at the very least have been debated in the Chamber of Deputies.
It is necessary to point out the Czech Communist Party has never been in favour of Czech NATO membership, so such a response from one of its members was less than surprising. The convoy should complete the journey through the Czech Republic by April 1.