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Danish soldiers to be part of special NATO force to protect western Europe

Eastern media sources claim initiative is part of a strategy to control Russia


Media reports the force could have between 10,000 to 25,000 soldiers available for quick deployment (Photo: Colourbox)

September 2, 2014
15:14

by Yuliya Hudoshnyk


Spurred on by military activities in eastern Europe, the UK has initiated a military reaction force involving troops from seven NATO countries.

Denmark is involved in the mission along with Norway, the Netherlands, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and the UK. The latter will officially announce the formation of the joint expeditionary force (JEF) at the NATO summit later this week (September 4-5) in Wales.

Answer to crisis
JEF will take part in peacekeeping operations as well as conflict crises, DR reports. It is tasked with reacting quickly to ensure the security of western European countries.

According to the Financial Times, the joint force will include at least 10,000 soldiers. It is not yet confirmed how many will be Danish.

However, the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS reports it will be 25,000 soldiers strong, citing a source who said it is a "strategy of military control against  Russia".

 

 



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