Germany has announced it will deploy 650 soldiers to Mali. Berlin says the troops will help the UN peacekeeping mission there and ease the pressure on French forces. The decision came after a highly emotional session in the Bundestag.
The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali is its deadliest. The Canadian deployment is expected to help relieve German helicopters scheduled to depart from Mali this summer.
Canada will send troops and helicopters to Mali to join a UN peacekeeping mission there, Canadian media have reported. The helicopters are expected to replace a German contingent.
The German government wants to extend six military missions, including in Iraq, Afghanistan and Mali. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen pushed for more Bundeswehr interventions, but not everyone backs the move.
Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist said Sweden will provide troops only if both Russia and the West agree. Western officials are considering deploying a force led by non-NATO nations in eastern Ukraine.
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