One MP voted against and 118 for the decision to send troops to Hungary, where they can be deployed this year and the next, with the possibility of rotation.
The decision was tabled by the government whose representative, Defence Ministry state secretary Zdravko Jakop, told MPs that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine represented one of the most serious threats to European security in decades.
“The attack on an independent, peace-loving, democratic state is a bitter reminder that freedom, peace, security and stability can’t exist if we are not ready to defend them,” he said.
Jakop said NATO enhanced its rapid response force in recent months, deploying additional forces on its eastern flank, reinforcing forces in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and organising new battle groups in Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania.
HRK 38 million has been set aside in the state budget to send Croatian troops to Hungary.
Currently, 181 Croatian troops are deployed in UN and NATO missions, the most, 141, in Kosovo.
Also today, parliament unanimously voted for the participation of five Croatian troops in the EU’s Cyber Rapid Response Teams and Mutual Assistance in Cyber Security.
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