: ERR: Troops from Visegrád Four to be deployed on rotation to Baltics

13:58 Apr. 27, 2016

ERR: Troops from Visegrád Four to be deployed on rotation to Baltics

A military Hummer vehicle carries troops in a battlefield maneuver during the Capable Logistician (CL15) field training exercise by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)  in Varpalota, Hungary, June 18, 2015 (Getty Images)

About 150 soldiers from each country of the Visegrád Four (V4) stationed in the region - Hungarian minister

The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, the four countries of the Visegrád Four (V4), or Visegrád Group, have reached a political agreement to each send a unit of soldiers to the Baltics beginning in 2017 within the framework of measures aimed at increasing NATO's presence in the region.

After attending a summit of foreign ministers from the V4, Baltic and Nordic countries in Jūrmala, Latvia last week, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó told Hungarian news agency MTI that beginning in 2017, each member state of the V4 would send a unit of soldiers to the Baltics in a rotation of three-month shifts in support of efforts to increase NATO presence in the Baltic region.

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The Hungarian minister noted that this would mean 150 soldiers at a time from each country stationed in the region.

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"This one-year military presence on the part of the V4 clearly indicates our solidarity with the Baltic countries," emphasized Szijjártó, adding that the chiefs of staff of the four countries involved would begin planning the details of the military rotation ahead of the upcoming July NATO Summit in Warsaw.

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