The Czech government will approve assistance in protecting Slovak airspace
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The Czech Army has many years of experience in protecting the skies abroad, and has been involved in guarding the airspace of NATO member states since 2009.
At the beginning of April this year, the Czech gripens took over the supervision of the airspace of the Baltic countries.
“I don’t see any problem at all, certainly the government will approve it,” Fiala said, adding that Slovakia can count on help from September 1.
“We are prepared technically and in terms of capacity,” he added.
Petr Fiala is a political scientist who has been Prime Minister of the Czech Republic since November 2021 and leader of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) since 2014.
According to Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger (OĽaNO), this is evidence of a very close alliance.
According to him, Bratislava will need help for at least a year.
“It is also in our interest. We cannot allow a country that is on the brink of war (…) to be threatened in any way. It is our common task,” Fiala added.
After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Bratislava began to prepare for the premature termination of the operation of Russian-made MiG-29 attack aircraft.
Four years ago, Slovakia ordered 14 F-16 fighters from the US.
Originally, it was expected that the first machines Bratislava will receive this year and the rest a year later, in the end, according to available information, it will be only in two years.
The delay in deliveries was justified by problems with subcontracting caused by the COVID-19 epidemic and the lack of chips on the world market.