Britain says to contribute troops, planes to reassure Baltics over Russia

February 5, 2015 11:39 AM

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Britain says to contribute troops, planes to reassure Baltics over Russia

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will send four Typhoon fighter jets again this year to help NATO with air policing in the Baltic States, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said on Thursday, promising that up to 1,000 British troops will also join a NATO rapid reaction force.

NATO agreed at a summit in Wales last September to create a "spearhead" rapid reaction force as part of its efforts to reassure allies in Eastern Europe nervous about Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

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