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British troops set for Nato mission in Baltics

British troops are to be deployed to the Baltics as part of a long-term Nato mission to deter Russian aggression.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said a "small number" of soldiers would be stationed there to "watch over our allies on the eastern borders".

RAF Typhoon fighters are already in the region as part of the Baltic Air Policing detachment and have been called into action in recent months.

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NATO expresses concern over Russian air strikes in Syria

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he was concerned by the reports. Credit: Reuters

NATO has expressed concern about the targets of Russia's air strikes in Syria on Wednesday.

The Kremlin said it hit IS militants, but this has been disputed by the United States and Western-backed rebels on the ground.

"I'm concerned about the reports saying that the Russian air strikes were not targeted against ISIL," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said during a visit to the United States.

"I'm especially concerned because there has been no real effort by the Russian side to deconflict the Russian air strikes in Syria with the ongoing US-led coalition fighting ISIL," he said.

Mr Stoltenberg urged Russia to play a "constructive and cooperative" part in the fight against IS, adding that "supporting Assad will not help".

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