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NATO nations to lead battalions in Baltic States

4th November 2016 - 12:00 GMT | by Nicholas Fiorenza in Brussels


At the NATO defence ministers meeting in Brussels in October, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced that Canada, Germany, the UK and the US will lead with their battalions in the Baltic States and Poland starting in early 2017. 

The battalions are being deployed in reaction to a more assertive Russia, whose recent military activities are close to NATO’s borders. The battalions will include main battle tanks to bolster both deterrence and combat capabilities.

Denmark and France will contribute troops to the UK-led battalion in Estonia. The UK’s Defence Secretary Michael Fallon confirmed that the UK will deploy 800 troops to

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Nicholas Fiorenza


Nicholas Fiorenza

Nicholas Fiorenza is a Shephard contributor based in Brussels.

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