Wednesday, March 20, 2019

20 Years in NATO

Last week was the 20th anniversary of the Czech Republic joining NATO.

Along with Poland and Hungary, they were the first Eastern Bloc countries to join.  Slovakia completed the Visegrád Group when it joined five years later, when all four joined the European Union.

As part of NATO, Czech soldiers have been deployed in Afghanistan for 16 years.

Next month is the 70th anniversary of the founding of NATO.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs awarded the new Medal of Merit Award for Diplomacy, Medaile za zásluhy za diplomaciii, to 14 people.
The medal was created at the end of 2018.  It is awarded to individuals who significantly contribute to the development of relations between the Czech Republic and other countries.

One of the medals was awarded to former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright who was a leading voice in expanding NATO to Central Europe.

Here's a short video I found out on YouTube about the 20th anniversary.
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