Soldiers of the Bundeswehr and German air defense systems could be deployed in Slovakia on a long-term basis.
This was stated by the head of the Foreign Ministry, Annalena Berbock, on Tuesday, July 26, during her official visit to Bratislava, reports DW.
According to Berbock, "Patriot air defense systems will remain on the Slovakian territory as long as necessary. "This is not a one-day thing, but solidarity in action. We are united on this security issue as well," she stressed.
Earlier in March, German air defense systems and about 300 troops were stationed in Slovakia, then in April about 300 more German troops joined the multinational task force based in Slovakia, which has about 100 kilometers of common border with Ukraine. The total number of Bundeswehr troops in Slovakia is 640, Berbock noted.
In addition, Berbok and Slovak Foreign Minister Ivan Korchok announced the continuation of negotiations on circular arms deliveries to Ukraine, in which Eastern European NATO partners receive Western weapons in exchange for Soviet-made military equipment they supply to the Ukrainian reflection of the Russian army.
Having been in Prague the same day, where she met with her Czech counterpart Jan Lipavsky, Annalena Berbock reported that negotiations between Germany and the Czech Republic on circular deliveries of tanks to Ukraine are close to completion and are "in the final phase of concluding a common agreement." in her opinion, it could serve as a model for similar agreements with other countries.