Slovak premier opposes troops after Obama proposal

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico says he is opposed to any deployment of foreign soldiers in Slovakia.

Reacting to President Barack Obama's proposal to increase the U.S. military presence in Europe, Fico says he "can't imagine foreign troops to be deployed on our territory."

Fico said Wednesday he had no details of Obama's plan but said it was a sensitive issue because of the 1968 invasion of Soviet troops in Czechoslovakia.

He said Slovakia was still ready to meet its NATO member's obligations and allow the allies to train.

Obama announced Tuesday in Warsaw he would boost U.S. military deployments throughout Europe in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine.

Poland welcomed the move, but Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said his country saw no need for it.

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