Slovakia authorizes the deployment of NATO troops

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Slovakia's parliament authorized the deployment of foreign NATO troops in the country on Tuesday, said Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad.

This will initially be a unit of NATO's “Enhanced Advanced Presence”, composed of some 1,200 troops from the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, the United States, Poland and Slovenia.

The deployment will also include a Patriot air defense system, Nad added.

The reinforcements take place against the backdrop of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Given that in the near future we expect direct military attacks by the Russian Federation against Uzhgorod airport, which is located (in Ukraine) near the border with the Slovak Republic, this of course has military implications,” said Nad, quoted by the TASR agency.

The question of foreign troops is controversial in Slovakia, a country of 5.4 million inhabitants that is a member of the European Union and NATO.

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