As part of NATO’s mission to protect countries along its eastern flank, Britain is considering to double its troop numbers.
In response to a recent Russian military buildup around Ukraine, UK officials are heading to NATO headquarters next week to assess the situation. PM Boris Johnson is aiming to send a “clear message” to Russia with UK officials expected to agree a package of measures.
Additional troops, fighter jets and warships could be deployed within weeks as part of a beefed up presence. As a NATO member, the UK currently has several hundred troops stationed in Estonia and Poland.
Britain recently provided defensive munitions to Ukraine and has sent a small contingent of military trainers to the region.