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NATO chief seeks Canadian help in deterring Russia

The head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is seeking the inclusion of Canadian troops in a new brigade of NATO soldiers being assembled to deter Russian expansionist actions in the Baltic.

Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, NATO moved to expand the alliance’s multinational rapid reaction force in the Baltic to 40,000 troops that can be deployed within a week. There are also plans to come up with an ultra-mobile brigade of 4,000 soldiers that can be deployed to trouble spots within two days.


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In an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of NATO, made a personal pitch for Canada to join the force being built to deter Russia.

Stoltenberg noted that Canada has already contributed its CF-18 fighter jets now being used to patrol Baltic airspace as well as a frigate that is part of the NATO standing force in the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea. A company of Canadian troops is also involved in training exercises in Poland.

“We are very grateful for the contributions from Canada, which we (have) already received, but we would welcome even more,” the NATO chief said.

Canada has already been recently asked to contribute troops and lead one of the four battalions that would make up the force. The Trudeau government has yet to sign off on the proposal, according to the CBC which reported that the Canada has been getting a substantial amount of “arm-twisting” to join the NATO brigade in Eastern Europe.

The news service said the Trudeau government is “hesitating over concerns participation could detract from future peacekeeping missions.”

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Author: Nestor Arellano

Nestor Arellano is editor of Vanguard Magazine. Nestor is a seasoned journalist who has written extensively on defence and military industry issues as well as technology and business developments. He is also associate editor of Vanguard's sister publication, IT in Canada.

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  1. It is not wise to do it. It would lead to arm race. According to The Globe and Mail, there is this belief that by deploying 1000 soldiers in the region it would deter Russia from having another Crimea War. This is what conservative in Canada is advocating. However, Russia has political culture of arm race, and it would not deter Russia from not deploying its state of art weapons in the region to flex its muscle to others. Now, Canada must call the Russian military strength by deploying more army in the region. Thus, it would become another Cold War.

    Let’s make an offer to Russia that it cannot refuse by applying Hayek’s doctrine of “Road to Serfdom”. Allowing Russia to become part of global economy. When Russia has economic incentive its really less likely for Russia to destroy its investments around the world.

    As a result, by isolating and disfranchising Russia would not lead to peace, it would lead to war.


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