UK tanks arrive in Estonia, joining NATO troops to deter ‘Russian aggression’

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The first group of British tanks and armored vehicles has arrived in Estonia, part of a broad military deployment by the NATO military alliance to Eastern Europe to deter “Russian aggression.”

The armored convoy of 130 units, including Challenger 2 tanks and self-propelled guns, disembarked at the Paldiski seaport in northern Estonia on Wednesday and was slated to join the 200 British troops and 50 French soldiers earlier deployed to the town of Tapa.

 “This is the start of one of the biggest deployment in Eastern Europe since the Cold War and by the end of next month, we will have 800 British troops, with armor, with tanks, ready to help reassure our allies and to underline our commitment to the security of Europe,” British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said in a statement.

“British troops are playing a leading role in Estonia and supporting our US allies in Poland, as part of wider efforts to defend NATO,” he added.

On Friday, Britain…

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