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Seven Nato allies to create new rapid reaction force: FT report

Published on Aug 30, 2014 4:48 AM

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - Seven Nato allies plan to create a new rapid reaction force of at least 10,000 soldiers as part of plans to boost Nato defences in response to Russia's intervention in Ukraine, the Financial Times reported on Friday.

The aim is to create a division-sized joint expeditionary force for rapid deployment and regular exercises. The British-led force would include air and naval units as well as ground troops, the newspaper said.

Countries involved include Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway and the Netherlands. Canada has also expressed an interest in taking part, it said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to announce the creation of the force next week, coinciding with the Sept 4-5 Nato summit in Wales.

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