NATO's intercepts of Russian aircraft increased in 2017 from 2016
Monday, January 8, 2018
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.
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.