UK to Provide NATO With Five Warships to Counter 'Russian Aggression'

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The United Kingdom reportedly will send five warships and 530 naval personnel to join NATO’s fleet as the alliance enforces its military capacity.

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NATO Troops May Be Deployed in Europe to Counter ‘Russian Aggression’
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The United Kingdom will send five warships and 530 naval personnel to join NATO’s fleet as the alliance enforces its military capacity to counter what the alliance sees as “Russian aggression,” a British newspaper reported Wednesday.

“Increasing our Nato deployment sends a strong message to our enemies that we are ready to respond to any threat and defend our allies; 2016 will see a particular focus on the Baltic region with our ships sent there as part of the Maritime Group, the Mine Counter Measure Group and the Baltops exercise,” The Independent quoted UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon as saying.

Earlier on Wednesday, The Telegraph newspaper reported that NATO plans to deploy thousands of troops along Russia’s border with eastern Europe.

A NATO defense ministers meeting is scheduled to be held in Brussels later in the day.

Russia has repeatedly expressed concerns over NATO's military buildup along its western borders, warning that the alliance's expansion undermines regional and global security.

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