NATO deploys troops in Eastern Europe to confront possible Russian moves in the region

RAF Typhoons will be part of the Nato forces to be deployed in eastern Europe. Photograph: Ray Troll/BAE Systems
RAF Typhoons will be part of the Nato forces to be deployed in eastern Europe. Photograph: Ray Troll/BAE Systems

The UK has deployed hundreds of troops to Eastern Europe as NATO continues to bolster its presence in the face of perceived Russian provocation.

In the largest buildup of troops in the region since the Cold War, the UK has said it will send Royal Air Force Typhoon jets to Romania for up to four months in 2017.

Defense Secretary Michael Fallon also confirmed that 800 personnel will be moved to Estonia, 150 more than originally planned.

“Backed by a rising defense budget, this deployment of air, land and sea forces shows that we will continue to play a leading role in NATO, supporting the defense and security of our allies from the north to the south of the alliance,” Fallon said.

The announcement comes a week after a Russian fleet, which was reportedly en route to Syria, passed close to British waters.

On Wednesday, Russia withdrew a request for a flotilla of warships, including its flagship aircraft carrier the Admiral Kuznetsov, to refuel in the Spanish port of Ceuta as the ships head toward Syria.

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