Along with 100 troops, the UK will deploy a ground-based air defense system to Poland.
While on Thursday’s trip to Warsaw, Ben Wallace, Defence Secretary, announced that the Sky Sabre missile systems would be deployed.
As Moscow enters its fourth week of invasion into Ukraine, the deployment will assist in strengthening NATO’s eastern flank bordering Russia.
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The UK, Poland and other NATO countries are sending a strong message of unity to Russia.
Boris Johnson’s spokesperson stated that “We want to make sure the borders of Europe remain well-protected.”
Air defense systems have a longer range and can target smart bombs or fighter jets.
Mr Wallace stated that the Sky Sabre anti-air missile system will be deployed to Poland along with approximately 100 personnel. This will ensure that Poland is able to stand beside Russia and protect her airspace from any future aggressions by Russia.
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It replaces the British Army’s old Rapier Short Range Air Defence System.
Downing Street stated that the 100 troops would be deployed for a brief period and would be reviewed periodically.
A spokesperson for the UK stated that the missile system would “remain under UK control at any time”.
35 people were killed when Russian missiles struck a Ukrainian military training facility located just 15 miles from Poland’s border.
After a meeting in Brussels yesterday between NATO foreign ministers, Mr Wallace arrived in Poland. The defence secretary stated that it was a privilege to be part the “self-defencing alliance”.
Britain sent short-range, shoulder-fired anti-tank weapons to Ukraine in order to halt the advance by Russian armoured columns.
This week, the government increased its action against Russia and imposed further sanctions on hundreds of oligarchs.
It also prohibited British exports of luxury goods to Russia and imposed a 35 percent tariff increase on key Russian imports, such as vodka and cereals.