Britain is about to send hundreds more of its troops close to Russian’s border in the biggest deployment since the Cold War.
The move is set to come as Prime Minister Theresa May calls for much more pressure to be heaped on Russia over the crisis in Syria.
An estimated 800 soldiers, together with tanks, other armoured vehicles and drones, are set to go to Estonia early next year as part of efforts by international peacekeeping organisation Nato to make sure the Baltic states have reassurance over any possible aggression from Russia.
The beefed up mission is an increase of 500 troops compared to what was planned by the Government earlier this year. The situation has escalated to such an extent that this will be the biggest long-term deployment of troops from Britain to one of Russia’s neighbours since the time of the Cold War.
According to sources, the deployment will last for six months and will be to the Tapa army base, which is situated some 100 miles from the border with Russia.
Britain is just one part of a Nato strategy which will see soldiers from other countries taking their turn to try to dampen the potential threat to countries which are Nato allies.
This latest announcement follows Russia deciding now to give up on plans to go to a Spanish port to refuel some of its warships before heading for Syria.
While it had been thought Spain could agree to helping the Russian ships,pressure was heaped on Madrid not to aid what it is feared could be an assault on Syria.
At the moment, it is thought that behind-the-scenes talks between Russia and Spain led Russia to remove its request to refuel, rather than lose face with a public refusal.
The Russian embassy in Spain put out a statement explaining that the ships would no longer be making a planned stop at the Spanish port of Ceuta.
In the statement, the Spanish Foreign Ministry said it had been told by Russia that it was no longer requesting permission to make a stopover.
However, officials at the Russian defence ministry said there were never any plans to stop at the port and its ships had enough fuel on board to carry out the operation they were setting off for.
Eight Russian ships were seen earlier to pass through the English Channel, including a missile-carrying battle cruiser, on their way to Syria.

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