Canada to assume command of new North Atlantic Treaty Organisation training mission in Iraq

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The mission is the natural next step for Canada, as we move forward from the successful fight against Daesh to helping build institutional capacity in Iraq and create the foundations for longer-term peace and stability. He said the 29-nation alliance supports the territorial integrity of Georgia, including its sovereignty over the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. And the $40-million cost of Canada's training efforts in Iraq will come from previously approved funds, one senior official said, speaking on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the talks.

There, he announced that Canada will assume command of a new NATO training mission in Iraq - a deployment of 250 Canadian Armed Forces personnel, aimed in part at staving off Trump's complaints that Canada and other NATO allies are not doing enough to contribute to their NATO defence commitments.

I wrote "FACTS" earlier in the Black sea flagship entered the U.S. Navy ship USS Mount Whitney to participate in joint Ukrainian-American exercises Sea Breeze-2018.

The NATO Secretary General announced that in future the Alliance will be able to quickly transfer troops from the United States and Canada to Europe if necessary.

"The (Latvian mission) has become a symbol of strength that reminds us that only the commitment and the unity of the alliance will deter Russian adventurism", said Jayson Derow, a research analyst at the NATO Association of Canada.

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Eihenbaums said security is also a concern when it comes to trade - Latvia has been trying to grow its exports to Canada under the Canada-EU trade agreement.

In a wide-ranging speech, Mr Abbott says having Mr Trump in the White House has been good for Australia and that it and America's other allies need to step up if they want Washington to remain a reliable partner.

In addition, Fleischer called on the "anti-Putin, anti-Russia, anti-Trump people" who oppose the Kremlin to call on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to raise spending, "but they don't like being for military spending, so they won't".

All NATO allies agreed in 2014 to stop cutting their military budgets and work towards spending two per cent of their GDP on defence by 2024.

Some see the controversial meeting as an undermining of the alliance itself, considering some of NATO's active military missions - including the one in Latvia - were undertaken in direct response to Russia's escalating aggression in the Baltic region.

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