The Canadian government is considering a new commitment of hundreds of troops in Eastern Europe as part of an effort to deter Russian aggression in the region, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported on Tuesday.

This follows a report by the Canadian Security Intelligence Services – the Canadian government intelligence agency – based on research by outsiders rather than its own assessment, warning that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hard-line policies were becoming “more deeply entrenched,” as the CBC put it, and that “Moscow is retooling its military for a fight” and possibly “mobilizing for war.”

“It is modernizing conventional military capability on a large scale; the state is mobilizing for war,” the intelligence agency report stated.

The Canadian government is also considering assuming partial command of new NATO military force to deter Russian aggression, to which the United States, Britain and Germany committed themselves on Tuesday, the CBC said. “Up to 4,000 troops are envisioned for the force, but the number coming from Canada, along with the type of equipment and vehicles that would be involved, is still being assessed,” the CBC website reported.

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