SLOVAK Defense Minister Martin Fedor announced at a press conference on June 12 that the military training area of Lešť - known in the central Zvolen district as the “Soviet town” - will be used for anti-terrorist training activities.
"We have started talks with the Interior Ministry. We would like this area to serve for the training of security units in the fight against terrorism. Other countries need to build new training areas for this purpose. The former Soviet town is suitable with no additional construction work needed," Fedor said.
He added that Slovakia’s partner countries might also be offered use of the area for anti-terrorist training.
The town got its name from the fact that around 2,500 soldiers and families from the former Soviet Union lived there until 1991. Since then, its training premises have been vacant.
Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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