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Denmark to send 300 troops to Baltics, Poland

With Nato's relationship to Russia having "fallen apart", PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt has pledged troops and equipment to Denmark's eastern Nato partners.

Denmark to send 300 troops to Baltics, Poland
Helle Thorning-Schmidt greets Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron at the start of the Nato summit in Wales on Thursday. Photo: Andrew Winning/Scanpi
Denmark is prepared to send up to 300 troops to the Baltics and Poland in response to Russian aggression, PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt said in advance of her participation at the Nato Summit in Wales. 
 
“We will send a very clear signal to those Nato countries that feel vulnerable. They should know that they can count on the solidarity of the rest of the Nato countries. Denmark will do that by, as usual, delivering concrete actions rather than just talking about it,” the prime minister told Ritzau. 
 
Denmark has previously announced its intention to play a key role in the Nato base in Szczecin, Poland
 
Thorning-Schmidt also said that Denmark would send an officer to Nato’s liaison office in Kiev and provide GPS equipment to Ukraine. She ruled out, however, sending weapons to Kiev. 
 
“That is not something we are concerned about. We are most concerned with thoroughly discussing the security situation at the Nato meeting and sending a clear signal to the most vulnerable Nato countries that they can count on a security guarantee,” she told Ritzau.
 
The Danish PM said that the situation in Ukraine has fundamentally changed Nato’s relationship with Russia. 
 
“The partnership with Russia has fallen apart. Russia is unfortunately not a partner now. We hope that Russia can be again, but Russia today has become a strategic challenge for Europe and Nato,” she said. 
 
Thorning-Schmidt will be at the Nato Summit on Thursday and Friday. 

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UKRAINE

Denmark is first Nordic country to reopen Kyiv embassy

Denmark on Monday reopened its embassy in Kyiv, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod announced during a surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital.

Denmark is first Nordic country to reopen Kyiv embassy

“It is a very strong symbol of Danish support for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people that today we are reopening the doors of the Danish embassy,” Kofod said in a statement.

The move, which follows similar ones by other Western nations, had not been made public in advance.

Denmark closed the embassy following the Russian invasion of its pro-Western neighbour.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen visited Kyiv on April 21st, together with her Spanish counterpart, Pedro Sanchez.

During her visit, Frederiksen announced an additional 600 million Danish 
kroner
(81 million euros) in military aid to Ukraine, bringing  Denmark’s total military aid to one billion kroner.

Denmark is the first of the Nordic countries to reopen its embassy in Ukraine.

It will initially operate with limited staffing before gradually returning to normal levels, the foreign ministry said.

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