Canada confirmed on Thursday it would provide a significant number of troops for a new 4,000-strong NATO force on Russia’s border but also said it was ready to talk to Moscow in a bid to reduce tensions.
Canada, the United States, Germany and Britain each will command a battalion in the new unit, which is designed to help deter any show of force such as that deployed by Russia in Crimea in 2014.
Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, who also condemned the actions of Russian-backed militants in Ukraine, declined to give many details about the new force. NATO diplomats say the Canadians will be based in Latvia.
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