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31. 3. 2015 23:22

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka meets with U.S. soldiers in Prague

Předseda vlády Bohuslav Sobotka se v Praze setkal s americkými vojáky, 31. března 2015.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka meets with U.S. soldiers in Prague, 31 March 2015
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka met late this morning in Prague with U.S. soldiers during the transit of the U.S. Army convoy through the Czech Republic. Accompanied by Defence Minister Martin Stropnický and General Staff Chief General Petr Pavel, the prime minister visited the Ruzyňe barracks, where the U.S. troops are spending the night.

"Enabling the passage of U.S. troops through our territory is a way of expressing our solidarity with our allies and is a responsibility that we have as a member of NATO. Our security is very strong today thanks to the clear security guarantees from our allies in NATO, including the United States. I am pleased that this is also understood and supported by most of our citizens. At a time when the security situation in Europe and its surroundings is being disrupted by the activities of the Islamic State on one hand and the unpredictable behaviour of Putin's government in Russia on the other hand, the importance of reliable ensuring of national security is rising dramatically. Should our country face a direct threat, we cannot and will not remain alone like in 1938," Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said.

During his visit to Ruzyňe, the prime minister was interested in hearing about the U.S. soldiers' experience during their recent presence in the Baltic states as part of exercises that NATO is carrying out to support and assure member states in Eastern Europe. Besides meeting with the convoy commanders, the prime minister also viewed military technology and greeted the troops.

Tomorrow, the U.S. Army troops will continue on their journey to their bases in Germany.

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