Britain is to make a “long-term” deployment of troops to the Baltic region, to “watch over our allies on the eastern borders” said the Defence Secretary.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, who is currently in Brussels for a Nato meeting, is to announce small contingent of British troops will be sent to the Baltic region.
Recent deployments would seem to mark a change in British involvement on the continent, at the last defence review the government took the decision to close the UK’s bases in Germany, bringing about 20,000 troops back to the UK.
According to the Financial Times, Ministry of Defence officials said the contingent would initially comprise a single company, which is around 100 soldiers.
RAF Typhoons, deployed to the area in June, intercepted and shadowed multiple Russian military aircraft as part of Nato’s Baltic Air Policing mission.
Mr Fallon said:
“We are committed to supporting the sovereignty of the democratic nations of Eastern Europe. We are already deploying RAF jets to the Baltics and providing crucial training to the Ukrainian armed forces.
Now we will have a more regular drumbeat of troops deploying in the Baltics and Poland, and will step up our training effort in Ukraine.”
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said a “small number” of soldiers would be stationed there to “watch over our allies on the eastern borders”.
British forces recently participated in Estonia’s largest military exercise, which saw 13,000 troops repelling a simulated invasion by a large foreign aggressor.
From 2017, Britain will also take command of Nato’s new “spearhead” rapid reaction force, created at the 2014 Wales summit.