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Government Approves Presence of NATO Troops in Slovakia During Drills

© AFP 2021 / DANIEL MIHAILESCUUS Army serviceman jumps from armored vehicle during the NATO "Wind Spring 15" military exercise at Smardan military shooting range on April 21, 2015
US Army serviceman jumps from armored vehicle during the NATO Wind Spring 15 military exercise at Smardan military shooting range on April 21, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The Slovak government approved presence of some 840 foreign soldiers in the country.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Slovak government approved on Wednesday presence of some 840 foreign soldiers in the country during the Slovak Shield NATO military drills starting in early September, local media reported.

Members of the US Army B Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division attend a military exercise 'Iron Sword 2014', at the Gaiziunu Training Range in Pabrade some 60km.(38 miles) north of the capital Vilnius, Lithuania - Sputnik International
US Army to Pass Through Slovakia Before NATO Drills in Hungary
Some 640 soldiers from the United States, 130 from the Czech Republic, 60 from Poland and 10 from Hungary are expected to arrive in Slovakia to participate in exercises that will take place between September 8 and October 31, according to the Slovak news website Teraz.

The troops will be using heavy military equipment, including artillery, armored vehicles and helicopters, the news outlet said.

The stated goal of the drills is to exercise crisis strategies and maintain national security and territorial integrity of Slovakia as a NATO member.

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