aA
Lithuania’s Defence Ministry said that NATO jets patrolling airspace over the Baltic Countries scrambled 160 times to intercept Russian planes in 2015, up 14% on the previous year.
NATO jets scrambled 160 times to protect Lithuanian airspace in 2015
© luftwaffe.de nuotr.

The number of times jets were scrambled last year was up on the 140 occasions in 2014, according to the Ministry. Russian military aircraft activity over the Baltic Sea has significantly increased since 2014 amid a heightening of tensions between Moscow and western countries over Russia’s annexation of the Crimea and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Spain and Belgium’s airforces will take over responsibility for the NATO mission to protect Baltic airspace from incursions this week from NATO members Hungary and Germany.

Spain will lead the Baltic Air Policing mission for the first four months of 2016 with four Eurofighter Typhoon jets based at Šiauliai, Lithuania. Four Belgian F-16 fighter jets will be based at the Ämari airbase in Estonia.

NATO said the mission was focused on stopping incursions into NATO airspace and on preventing acts of air terrorism.

Nato allies take up the air patrol responsibilities over the Baltic countries on a four-month rotation.

|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Lithuania set to purchase COVID-19 drug remdesivir

Lithuania plans to purchase remdesivir , an antiviral drug used for the treatment of COVID-19 , the...

Franciscan monk in Kretinga tests positive for coronavirus

A Franciscan monk living in a Franciscan monastery in Kretinga, Western Lithuania, had tested positive...

3 new coronavirus cases

On Monday, 3 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Lithuania. Overall, there have been 1844 detected...

Foreigners from Sweden, Luxembourg, Portugal banned from entering

Foreigners from Sweden , Luxembourg and Portugal will be banned from coming to Lithuania next...

Survey: more Lithuanians view Belarus as unfriendly state (2)

The number of Lithuanian residents considering Belarus to be an unfriendly state is rising amid...

Top news

Lithuania set to purchase COVID-19 drug remdesivir

Lithuania plans to purchase remdesivir , an antiviral drug used for the treatment of COVID-19 , the...

Franciscan monk in Kretinga tests positive for coronavirus

A Franciscan monk living in a Franciscan monastery in Kretinga, Western Lithuania, had tested positive...

3 new coronavirus cases

On Monday, 3 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Lithuania. Overall, there have been 1844 detected...

Air Baltic launches flights from Vilnius

Air Baltic launched flights between Vilnius and the Croatian resort of Dubrovnik on Monday.

Chinese guide fluent in Lithuanian: difficult language but worth learning (1)

Fluent in Lithuanian, Chinese national Yi Zhang says it was difficult to learn the Lithuanian...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina