The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has sent more troops to Poland and Lithuania as tensions grow on the Belarusian border.
“Poland and Lithuania, along with their Baltic neighbour Latvia, have been under significant pressure from migration originating from Belarus and facilitated by the Lukashenko regime for a number of months,” the MoD said.
The MoD announced that 140 military engineers are to be sent to Poland and a different team of soldiers have been sent to Lithuania.
This latest deployment of British troops being sent comes as there is increasing tensions with Russia as they have more than 170,000 Russian troops and heavy artillery on the Ukrainian border.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said, “Our commitment to European security is unwavering and we will always offer support to our allies.
“This non-combat support will assist Polish efforts to protect their border and pass on vital engineering expertise.”
A reconnaissance team of British troops who are in Lithuania, will “establish if the UK can offer any expertise or capabilities to help counter current pressures,” the MoD added.