NATO airmen guarding the air space of the Baltic states enjoyed a calm holiday period over the last weeks of 2014. According to data provided by the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence, NATO fighter-jets were not scrambled once in response to flights close to the borders of the Baltic states between 22 December and 4 January.
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All in all, NATO fighter-jets were scrambled about 150 times in 2014 to escort Russian military airplanes, which represents a threefold increase from the year before.

NATO fighter-jets guarding the Baltic skies are deployed in Lithuania, Estonia and Poland.

On 1 January, Italian and Polish contingents and airmen took over the NATO air policing mission, based in Šiauliai, from Portuguese and Canadian aviators.

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