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Boris considers sending troops to Ukraine border whilst NATO mulls setting up 1,000 new battle groups

by LLB political Reporter
27th Jan 22 10:39 am

The Prime Minister is considering to send more troops to Eastern Europe over fears that Russia is set to invade Ukraine.

The British government have been in talks with the US in sending more troops to help bolster NATO in the region.

A Whitehall source told Sky News that “one of many” options being considered is to send hundreds more troops to Eastern Europe, but no decision has been taken yet.

The Telegraph reported of the potential new British deployment and they quoted government sources as saying that “very advanced discussions” were under way.

It is understood that NATO allies are considering to set up a new 1,000 strong battle groups in Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Romania, but this is still “very much speculation” a Whitehall source said.

Boris Johnson said in a statement to the Commons on Tuesday, “The British Army leads the NATO battle group in Estonia and if Russia invades Ukraine, we would look to contribute to any new NATO deployments to protect our allies in Europe.”

Asked about this on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Wednesday, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said, “We already deploy troops in Estonia as part of our enhanced forward presence.

“We are looking at what more we can do. We’re working very closely with allies.

“I had a meeting with the NATO secretary-general in Brussels earlier this week to discuss that, but the UK is already at the forefront of providing forces in Estonia and providing broader support across eastern Europe.

“But be in no doubt, NATO is determined to increase support on the eastern flank to support our NATO allies, who of course we have strong obligations to.”

Truss also said the UK are not ruling out any support for personal sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin in the event of an invasion.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace today admitted he is “not optimistic” a Russian incursion into Ukraine can be stopped.

Wallace told the BBC there was still “a chance” an invasion could be halted, but he added, “I’m not optimistic.”

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