UK to send ‘battle group’ to Poland for exercises amid Ukraine crisis

The UK is planning to send more than 1,300 British troops to take part in a forthcoming major NATO exercises in Poland, Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said after a meeting with UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski in Warsaw on Monday.

The politicians discussed, among other things, the response to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and its destabilization of eastern Ukraine ahead of the NATO summit in Newport, Wales in September.

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(Photo: UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, left, with Polish Minister of National Defence Tomasz Siemoniak Picture: Maj Robert Siemaszko)