Baltics mull joint air defence system against Russia

A Polish Air Force MiG-29 fighter takes off at the Zokniai air base near Siauliai, Lithuania on April 17, 2015Defence ministers for the three Baltic states said Thursday they are mulling a joint air defence system in response to security concerns over Russia’s activity in the region. The ministers of NATO-members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania met in the northern Lithuanian city of Panevezys along with their Ukrainian counterpart, at a time when their relations with Russia are at a post-Soviet low over the Ukraine crisis. “We plan to analyse the possibility of developing a medium-range air defence system to strengthen our defence capabilities,” Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas told reporters.

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