First UK troops arrive in Estonia for Nato exercise

Posted On: 
18th March 2017

The first British troops have arrived in Estonia as part of a Nato taskforce designed to deter Russian aggression in the region. 

800 UK troops will be deployed to Estonia
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An initial 120 soldiers from the 5th Battalion The Rifles will set up the UK’s headquarters, before the remainder of the 800-strong deployment joins by the end of April.

As well as the military personnel, tanks and other armoured vehicles are also being sent to the region.

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The Ministry of Defence has issued advice about potential Russian provocations when the soldiers are in the Baltic nation.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the soldiers were well-prepared for the possibility of underhand tactics.

“Our troops are very well aware of that [threat] – that they’re in the frontline now,” he said.

“Russia uses a range of different techniques – misinformation and fake news and playing on various incidents – they are very aware of that.

“They are prepared for that and they are there to of course reassure the people of Estonia and the Baltic states that Nato is there to help defend them.”