110 Czech soldiers to join Training Bridge 2017 exercise in Lithuania

Source:Xinhua Published: 2016/12/4 7:28:21

Czech General Staff spokesman Jan Sulc said on Saturday that about 110 Czech soldiers will be sent to take part in the Training Bridge 2017 exercise set to be held in Lithuania at the beginning of next year.

From Jan. 10 to March 20, the Czech soldiers will train along with their Lithuanian colleagues near the Klaipeda port city, in the Pabrade and Kairiai military training grounds.

The joint exercise was agreed on by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and the countries of the Visegrad Group (V4) before the NATO summit in Warsaw earlier in 2016.

The Czech troops will launch the series of exercises and Slovakia, Poland and Hungary will send their troops to the Baltic states later on.

Sulc said the exercise was held in reaction to the Baltic concerns over the conflict in Ukraine. The exercise will focus on cooperation of the Czech and Lithuanian soldiers.

The Czech soldiers were from the 74th lightweight Motorized Battalion in Bucovice, south Moravia.


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