UK To Deploy Jets, Troops To Romania To Deter ‘Assertive Russia’

Friday, November 10, 2017
By Paul Martin

Carol Adl
November 10, 2017

Britain will deploy four RAF jets in Romania amid growing tensions with Russia.

The Royal Air Force is set to deploy four Eurofighter Typhoon jets to Romania to deter “an increasingly assertive Russia,” the new British defense secretary Gavin Williamson has announced.

Williamson, who replaced Michael Fallon as the new UK defense minister, made the announcement at his debut NATO defense ministerial meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.

He added that the UK will also be increasing its presence in eastern Europe and pledged to keep a battalion of 600 soldiers at “high readiness to respond to any situation in the region at short notice”

Press TV reports: The Typhoons were first deployed to patrol the skies over the Black Sea alongside other NATO jets in May and will be sent to carry out the same mission this time alongside their Romanian counterparts, Williamson said.

The so-called air-policing mission is NATO’s response to what it calls increased Russian air activity around Eastern Europe in recent years.

“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,” Williamson said.

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