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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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Putin: Syria casualty reports emerged before jets took off

President Putin was speaking at a meeting of the Russian Council for Civil Society and Human Rights. Credit: EBU

Reports of civilian deaths resulting from Russian air strikes in Syria emerged before the country's jets left the ground, President Vladimir Putin has claimed.

President Putin said Russian and US special services were developing contacts to exchange information on what they were doing in Syria.

He told a meeting of the Russian Council for Civil Society and Human Rights that the move should prevent inaccurate "information attacks" about what his forces were doing in the country.

"As for any information in the media on civilians suffering [from Russian airstrikes], we were ready for such information attacks," President Putin said.

"I draw your attention to the fact that the first reports on civilian casualties emerged before our planes even left the ground."

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