Germany pledges long-term troop deployment to Slovakia

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German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said that Berlin is committed to the long-term deployment of soldiers and anti-aircraft Patriot missile systems in Slovakia to protect against Russian threats. “The Patriots will stay as long as you need them here on the ground,” she said Tuesday after talks with her counterpart Ivan Korcok in the Slovak capital of Bratislav. “This is not a flash in the pan, this is solidarity in action. We are together also on this security issue.” Patriot air defence systems and about 300 Bundeswehr soldiers had been stationed in Slovakia after the Ukraine war began….

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