American forces in Europe: Cavalry ride

NEITHER rain nor sleet nor snow, to quote the American postal service’s motto, have kept Czechs from lining the routes followed by three American military convoys through their country over the past few days. While spring storms dumped rain on the columns of Stryker armoured fighting vehicles, flag-waving crowds queued up to greet them. The onlookers were defying more than the inclement weather. They were also repudiating Milos Zeman, the Czech president, whose public pro-Kremlin sympathies have made him a key ally in Moscow’s efforts to divide European opinion over Ukraine.

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