Germany will be taking over the responsibility of supporting the Baltic Air Policing mission from Ämari Air Base in Estonia. From September until end of the year, up to six Luftwaffe Eurofighter Typhoon jets will patrol the skies of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, in coordination with NATO fighter jets already stationed in Lithuania.
© DELFI (M.Bajarūno nuotr.)

German support forms a part of the NATO collective defence reassurance, offered to the Baltic states in the light of growing security concerns in eastern Europe. Germany has taken part of the air policing mission six times before, but it is the first time that the German jets will be based at the Ämari Air Base in Estonia.

The Baltic Air Policing mission was established in 2004, to assist Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania who have no airborne air defence capability of their own and was extended indefinitely in February 2012. The aim of the mission is to prevent unauthorised incursion into the airspace of the Baltic states and its most frequent duty is intercepting Russian aircraft and escorting them from the area. To the west of the Baltic states’ airspace is an air corridor often used by aircraft travelling to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad from territorial Russia.

Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, confirmed in her recent visit to Latvia that the German government understands the security concerns of Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians.

"Germany is ready to play its part to fulfil the understandable and warranted need for protection for the people in Latvia and other Baltic states," Merkel said in Riga.

Public to get access to Baltic organization BATUN's archives

The archives of the Baltic Appeal to the United Nations (BATUN), a Baltic emigrant organization,...

More people come to country than leave for 4th month in a row

Lithuania registered a positive migration balance for the fourth successive month in May as more...

President-elect Nauseda to NATO chief: Lithuania needs more air defense capabilities (1)

Lithuania needs more air defense capabilities, Lithuania's President-elect Gitanas Nauseda told...

Rules on home-made explosives and fight against terrorist financing strengthened

The European Council adopted two important priority files under the Security Union which...

Former MP found guilty of sexual harassment

The Court of Appeal of Lithuania found former MP Kestutis Pukas guilty of sexual harassment and a...