Ottawa sends jets to help NATO

CF-18 Hornet. Dave Abel/QMI Agency

CF-18 Hornet. Dave Abel/QMI Agency

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, Last Updated: 1:10 PM ET

OTTAWA — Canada will commit six CF-18 fighter jets and 20 military advisers to help NATO bolster its sorties over eastern Europe in response to the escalation of pro-Russian military activity in Ukraine.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement after meeting Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Thomas Lawson on Thursday to discuss what Canada has in its limited inventory to help the 28-member alliance.

Ukraine came closer to igniting into a full-scale conflict Thursday after Russian President Vladimir Putin won approval from his Parliament to use armed force if necessary. He won the same approval before invading Crimea.

The Canadian jets will be stationed in Poland and Canadian advisers in Brussels.

Earlier this week, Harper said Russia's actions were aggressive, imperialistic and militaristic and that Russia posed the greatest threat to world peace and stability since the Cold War.


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