NATO fu­ture agree­ment on Baltic air de­fence an­tic­i­pated in Lithua­nia

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Lithua­nia an­tic­i­pates that the North At­lantic mil­i­tary al­liance will in 2018 agree on a deal to en­sure Baltic air de­fence sys­tems to fill a gap in the re­gion’s se­cu­rity, the Lithi­a­nian De­fence Min­is­ter has noted. Bri­tish-Cana­dian news agency Reuters re­ports Lithua­nia, sit­u­ated be­tween Rus­sia’s ally Be­larus and the Rus­sian mil­i­tarised ex­clave of Kalin­ingrad, wishes NATO to per­ma­nently de­ploy anti-air­craft weapons in the Baltics or Poland, but the move seen by Moscow as an un­jus­ti­fied mil­i­tary build-up near its bor­ders. Lithua­nian De­fense Min­is­ter Raimundas Karob­lis, asked by the news agency if he had no­ticed signs of an agree­ment shap­ing up for the NATO sum­mit in 2018, re­sponded: «We ex­pect so. (..) Air de­fense is one of the is­sues which we need to ad­dress. We also need to look at other do­mains, like NATO com­mand struc­ture re­form, we need to move for­ward on all on these as­pects».

The min­is­ter ex­pressed the views in Helsinki, Fin­land, af­ter meet­ing col­leagues from Nordic and Baltic states, Bri­tain, Ger­many, Poland, the Nether­lands and also the U.S. Sec­re­tary of De­fence Jim Mat­tis.

REUTERS/SCANPIX

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