Canada says it is set to commit hundreds of troops to a NATO force near the Russian border, in what will be Ottawa’s largest military presence in Europe in more than a decade.
On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country “will deploy a frigate that will undertake operational tasks with NATO’s maritime forces in the region. Canada will also deploy an Air Task Force — which will include up to six CF-18 fighter aircraft — to conduct periodic surveillance and air policing activities in Europe.”
The battle group that will be based in Latvia by early 2017 with the declared aim of countering “threats” posed by Russia. Ottawa is also scheduled to lead the battalion.’
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