The Czech government has approved a significant agreement on defense cooperation with the United States of America. Prime Minister Petr Fiala announced the decision after the cabinet meeting on Wednesday, April 12th, 2023. According to Fiala, this agreement is a step that enhances the security of the Czech Republic during unstable times. The Czech Defense Minister, Jana Černochová, added that the agreement allows for intensive practical cooperation between the Czech army and the armed forces of the United States.
The specific purpose of the agreement is to simplify the possible stay of American soldiers in the Czech Republic. However, the deal does not address the presence of American soldiers or the possible creation of an American base on Czech territory. Such a decision would still need to be approved separately by the government and parliament.
Černochová emphasized that the agreement’s purpose is to create conditions for cooperation with the United States if both sides agree. The presence of soldiers or exercises involving American soldiers will continue to be approved as before. The Defense Minister added that the Czech Republic’s defense is based on the involvement of the US military, and she believes this will continue to be the case.
According to the agreement, the United States and the Czech Republic will have the opportunity to cooperate closely in defense, security, and military research. The two countries will exchange knowledge and experience in this area and work together to ensure their security interests.
It is worth noting that the Czech Republic is a member of NATO and has been increasing its defense budget in recent years. The country has also actively participated in military exercises with other NATO members. The new agreement with the United States reflects the Czech Republic’s efforts to strengthen its defense capabilities further and contribute to the collective security of the NATO alliance.