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UK sends part of its 800 soldiers to Estonia

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The first part of 800 British soldiers, pledged by the UK to increase the defence capability of NATO in the Baltic region, has been sent to Estonia.

BBC reports that the 120 soldiers from the British 5th Battalion will set up a UK headquarters in the Baltic country, before the tanks and armoured vehicles arrive next week and remaining troops arrive in April.

British Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has commented it was the biggest UK military deployment in Europe since the end of the Cold War and formed part of a long-term, open-ended commitment to deter Russia from «any possible aggression».

In addition, commander of the battalion Lt Col Mark Wilson explained that the British force would «integrate into the Estonian defence force, and bolster their capabilities».

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