Europe. It has sent a frigate to join NATO's standing task force in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, six CF 18 jet fighters to operate out of Romania, and troops from the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry to participate in a land exercise in Poland.
Bezan said he also expects the deployment of the 50 Canadian troops in Poland to be beefed up. "That will probably be enhanced for a longer deployment at company strength."
noted that while it is declining in NATO countries, Russia's continues to rise.
have to revisit, in my personal opinion, AWACS . and how we move forward."
He said the Conservative government should revisit its decision to cancel Canadian participation in the NATO surveillance program known as the Airborne Warning and Control System, or AWACS.
"We need to at least get our spending up to 1.7 per cent," Bezan told an audience of diplomats, bureaucrats and military brass at a security symposium sponsored by the European Union.
Baird says he is skeptical Putin will withdraw troops as more sanctions loom
In February, an analysis by the Conference of Defence Associations Institute concluded that years of budget cutting had reduced the Harper government's original defence strategy by as much as $30 billion.
"Unless things de escalate, the Canadian commitment to NATO will be growing," Bezan said.
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National Defence has said the troops would return to Canada in May after several days of military exercises.
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He said the extra spending is needed to meet future needs as well as to replace fighter jets, upgrades for the navy and to continue to equip the army.
James Bezan said Thursday that Canada's defence spending should be increased to 1.7 per cent of GDP.
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NATO would like to see its 28 member Nike Thea Pink & Black countries reach the two per cent of GDP goal. Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO's operational commander in Europe, said only five NATO nations have achieved that goal, but the crisis in eastern Europe has prompted three other countries to promise higher military spending.
OTTAWA The parliamentary secretary to Defence Minister Rob Nicholson says Canada has to ramp up its defence budget in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine.
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