Russian air force activity down at Baltic borders

Between 22 December last year and 11 January, NATO fighter-jets serving in the NATO air policing mission did not take off once in response to Russian aircrafts flying close to the borders of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

All in all, NATO fighter-jets were scrambled about 150 times in 2014 to escort Russian military airplanes, which indicates a threefold increase from the year before. The majority of flights were above the Baltic Sea to and from the Russian Kaliningrad region.

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

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