Canada has announced the deployment of military personnel to Latvia, as part of a Nato mission to deter Russian aggression in eastern Europe.
The battlegroup, which will include 450 personnel and up to six CF-18 fighter aircraft, will conduct periodic surveillance and air policing activities in Europe.
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will also deploy a frigate to perform operational tasks with Nato’s maritime forces in the region.
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “Canada is a playing a strong and constructive role in the world.
“We are ready to respond to support Nato with some of the most effective soldiers, sailors, and airmen and airwomen in the world.
"We will continue to work closely with our allies and partners to create a safer and more prosperous world for everyone.”
The latest deployment to Latvia is Canada’s largest sustained military presence in Europe in more than a decade, Trudeau said in a statement.
Since 2014, Canada has worked alongside Nato allies to maintain security and stability in central and eastern Europe through training, exercises and other operational tasks.
The CAF are conducting operational and tactical demonstrations, manoeuvres and enhanced interoperability activities with allies and partners in Europe, as part of Operation Reassurance.
The Government of Canada has also promised to provide $465m to support security and development in Afghanistan.
The funding will be used to recruit and train women in Afghan National Defence and Security Forces.
Image: Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Nato summit in Warsaw, Poland. Photo: courtesy of Prime Minister of Canada website.