: RFE/RL: Baltic States, Poland discuss regional antiaircraft missile shield

11:25 Jun. 13, 2016

RFE/RL: Baltic States, Poland discuss regional antiaircraft missile shield

Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and Lithuania's Defence Minister Juozas Olekas prior to their meeting at the Air Space Control Centre in Karmelava, Lithuanian, Nov. 21, 2015. (AP Photo)

The four countries have expressed concerns about a build-up of Russian troops on their borders

The Baltic states and Poland have reportedly launched discussions with defense contractors about the creation of a regional antiaircraft missile shield to protect against Russian aircraft.

A June 12 report in the Financial Times of London quotes Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas as saying that Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland were all involved in "discussions" with each other about building a regional air defense system.

Oleks said the four NATO-member countries were currently "evaluating procurement options" and hope the system will be operational within two or three years.

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