18:59 May. 2, 2016
UK joins the NATO mission to deter possible Russia's aggression
Four British Royal Air Force Typhoons will join the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission. This is stated by the UK government's official site referring to the Great Britain's Defence Minister Michael Fallon.
"This deployment underlines our commitment to the sovereignty of the democratic nations of Eastern Europe. 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the next four months, our RAF Typhoons will be ready to respond instantly to Russian aggression in Baltic airspace," said Fallon.
Two of the four Typhoons will be ready to take off at moment's notice to provide security to the airspace over Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania against any aggression directed from Russia.
This is the third consecutive year the UK has committed to Baltic Air Policing Mission after rotations in 2014 and 2015. Last time, Typhoon fighters were scrambled 17 times, and intercepted over 40 Russian aircraft.
Baltic Air Policing Mission is an enduring defensive NATO effort that sees alliance members without their own air policing assets assisted by others in four-monthly cycles. The UK's key role, has been welcomed by NATO and its Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Philip Breedlove.