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    Croatia Ready to Commit Troops to NATO Battalions in Eastern Europe

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    Croatia is ready to send troops to form part of the four multinational NATO battalions that the Alliance plans to deploy in Eastern Europe, the country's foreign and European affairs minister, Miro Kovac, said Friday.

    BELGRADE (Sputnik) — However, he noted that it was up to the Croatian parliament to approve the deployment of the troops.

    "We will contribute to these battalions with Croatian troops. It was decided that Croatia would actively assist with its troops in Eastern Europe," Kovac said on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Warsaw, as quoted by Hina news agency.

    After the NATO defense ministers' summit held last month, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Alliance had agreed to deploy four multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland with some 800-1,200 troops in each unit. The decision is expected to be agreed on at the Warsaw Summit.

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