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Canada Sends a Platoon To Poland

May. 4, 2014 - 12:14PM   |  
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OTTAWA — Canada sent a platoon to Poland on Friday to reassure NATO allies in Eastern Europe concerned about rising tensions with Russia over Ukraine.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the approximately 50 soldiers are to take part in US-led military exercises in Swidwin, about 500 kilometers northwest of Warsaw, from May 5 to 9.

“They will conduct training in parachuting, airborne operations and infantry skills alongside Polish and American counterparts in this United States-led exercise with a view to enhancing alliance interoperability and readiness,” said a statement.

The deployment comes after Ottawa sent a warship and six fighter jets to the region, as part of NATO’s efforts to step up its defenses in Eastern Europe due to the growing crisis.

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