On February 21, 2020, representatives of the Latvian and Lithuanian Embassies welcomed at the National Monument at Vítkov the Czech soldiers who returned from the service at the NATO battle groups in Latvia and Lithuania. 72nd Mechanised Battalion of the Czech Republic's Army returned from the military base in Ādaži.
Soldiers were rewarded and received praise for their profesional service in the multinational NATO eFP Battalion Battle Group in Latvia and Lithuania. Pavel Fischer, the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affaires, Defence and Security of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Blanka Cupáková, the Deputy Minister of Defence, and Major General Josef Kopecký, Commander of the Czech Republic Ground Forces, took part in the ceremony.
Latvia highly appreciate Czechia’s contribution on the strengthening Latvia’s and whole region’s security, as well as that Czech soldiers are involved in the multinational NATO eFP Battalion Battle Group in Ādaži and in the Baltic air-policing mission. The Czech Republic is a member of the NATO eFP Battalion Battle Group in Latvia. NATO forces’ task is to demonstrate its commitment to defend the NATO member state’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by its presence.