Canadian Fighter Jets and Personnel to Deploy in Romania for Training

© AFP 2022 / MIRCEA ROSCAThis file photo taken on May 28, 2014 shows a fighter type F-18 Hornet of the Canadian Royal Air Force taking off from the military airbase at Campia Turzii. Canada will end air strikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and bring home its six fighter jets on February 22, the government announced February 8, 2016
This file photo taken on May 28, 2014 shows a fighter type F-18 Hornet of the Canadian Royal Air Force taking off from the military airbase at Campia Turzii. Canada will end air strikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and bring home its six fighter jets on February 22, the government announced February 8, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Canada’s Defense Ministry announced that Canada will send about 100 Air Force personnel and four F-18 Hornet fighter jets to train with the Romanian military.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Canada will send about 100 Air Force personnel and four F-18 Hornet fighter jets to train with the Romanian military, Canada’s Defense Ministry announced in a press release.

"This exercise continues to build on the strong relationship between Canada and Romania, an important NATO ally, strengthening our mutual confidence in using common NATO procedures," the release quoted Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan as saying on Thursday.

The announcement made no mention of Russia. However, NATO has been increasing its military presence in Europe since 2014, especially in eastern European nations bordering Russia, reflecting jitters among alliance members over Moscow’s alleged involvement in Ukraine.

Russia has repeatedly refuted any allegations of interfering in Ukraine’s internal affairs, and moreover has warned the United States and NATO their amassing of troops and weapons on Russian borders is provocative and may disturb regional and global stability.

Earlier this week, NATO announced the creation of a 40,000-strong rapid-response force, which it claims is needed to defend European state’s borders with Russia.

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