Canadian troops take part in a joint exercise with Polish troops not far from Ukraine's western border earlier this year. More Canadian troops will be deployed to join a NATO force the region, the government will announce today. (CBC)
CBC: Canada to send troops to Latvia for new NATO brigade
Trudeau government agrees to NATO troop deployment in Eastern Europe
The Trudeau government has decided it will send troops to join a NATO high-readiness brigade preparing to deploy in Eastern Europe.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada will take a leadership role and establish one of the battle group formations requested by the alliance.
The impending dispatch of forces builds on the former Conservative government's placement of troops in Eastern Europe for training exercises and to reassure governments in the region that western nations were serious about holding Russian expansionism in check.
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WNU Editor: This announcement comes on the heels of President Obama's visit to Canada and his "chiding" that Canada should contribute more to the NATO mission. And while the decision to send these soldiers was probably made a long time ago .... the timing of the U.S. President saying we should do this .... and Canada then doing it a day later .... makes me feel (as a Canadian) that our foreign policy may be not that independent as we would like to think it is. As to the mission itself .... the Baltic nations are already a part of NATO .... any Russian invasion would mean a state of war would then exist in Europe. Sending 1,000 Canadian troops to the Baltics would only mean that 1,000 prisoners of war will need to be exchanged when hostilities are over .... that is if nuclear weapons are not exchanged in the onslaught (which is probably what will happen anyway).
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