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New UK Troop Commitment To The Balkans

Library image of KFOR Challenger 2 MBT leading Warrior IFVs over a bridge during battlegroup manoeuvres in Kosovo [Crown Copyright / OGL: PO Phot S J Lewis]

At the NATO Defence Ministerial in Brussels the new UK Secretary of State for Defence is announcing Britain is increasing its commitment to European security in the Western Balkans region.

In an official UK MoD communiqué issued within the last hour it has been announced: “In addition to the troops already based in Kosovo, supporting peace in the country, and our contribution to the EU’s Op ALTHEA in Bosnia and Herzegovina, from next year a Battalion will be held at high readiness to respond to any situation in the region. This will see 600 soldiers ready to move into the region at short notice.”

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has also said: “In the face of an increasingly assertive Russia, the UK has significantly stepped up its commitment to Europe and today I can confirm a further package of support, showing how we remain at the forefront on European security.

“We are standing by our allies across air; deploying Typhoons to Southern Air Policing in Romania, land; increasing our support to the Kosovo peacekeeping operation, and sea; with HMS Ocean returning to the NATO Standing Maritime Group.”



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