Canada sending troops to Poland

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a visit to Fanshawe College in London,...

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a visit to Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, May 2, 2014. REUTERS/Aaron Harris

Hank Daniszewski, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:06 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- Canadian soldiers will take part in NATO military exercises in Poland, in response to the deteriorating situation in Ukraine, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says.

Harper said the exercises are in response to “the Putin regime’s persistent military presence and illegal occupation of Crimea and other parts of the Ukraine which threatens the civility and security of eastern and central Europe.”

Earlier this week, Canada sent six CF-18 fighter jets to Romania to help patrol the skies of NATO member countries threatened by Russian aggression in the Ukraine.

Hundreds of Canadian Forces supporting personnel also made the trip.

Harper made the announcement during a news conference Friday in London, Ont., where he visited a community college and rolled out details of a federal youth internship program.

 


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