NATO fighter-jets guarding the Baltic skies last year conducted more intercepts of Russian military aircraft flying close to the borders of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia than they did in 2016, but fewer than in 2015.
Su-30 fighter
© Sputnik / Scanpix

According to figures provided to BNS by the Lithuanian Defence Ministry, NATO's jets last year intercepted around 130 Russian aircraft flying over the Baltic Sea.

The Alliance's aircraft were scrambled about 110 times in 2016, down from some 160 times in 2015 and 140 times in 2014.

The Baltic air-policing mission has been conducted from Lithuania and Estonia by various NATO member states on a four-month rotation basis.

Denmark's F-16 fighter-jets on Friday landed in the Siauliai military airbase in northern Lithuania to take over the air-policing functions from the United States' F-15 aircraft that have guarded Baltic airspace since September.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Lithuania puts 3D air defense radars into operation

Lithuanian Air Force put into operation on Tuesday two long-range 3D radars amid efforts to strengthen...

Lithuanian PM to meet NATO chief over additional support

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is to meet NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg...

Seimas panel head to propose to raise intelligence body funding by EUR 4 mln - media

Vytautas Bakas , chairman of the Seimas Committee on National Security and Defense , will propose to...

Fake news on 'NATO plans to attack Belarus' planted on Lithuanian news website - media

A fake news story alleging that NATO is planning to attack Belarus was planted on Kas Vyksta Kaune...

Lithuanian troops to be decorated after Mali deployment

Lithuanian soldiers of the 1st Territorial Unit, Dainava Military District, National Defense Volunteer...