NATO-Russia Council to consider issue of safe flights over Baltics

Source : 112 Ukraine

Alliance representatives will demand of Russia to abide to the flight rules
12:15, 13 July 2017

NATO-Russia Council (NRC) meeting will take place in Brussels on Thursday. One of the issues will be measures to reduce risks after recent incidents involving maneuvers of military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, reports Radio Liberty.

NATO official representatives said they would demand that Russian pilots abide to the flight plans, respond air traffic control signals and identify themselves in case of flights near the Baltic States

NATO says that three Russian planes were noted above the sea, including two jet aircraft that did not respond to control signals requests for identification.

Moscow claims that all its flights above Baltics are conducted in accordance with the international law.

In its turn Russia claimed that in June its planes above Baltics intercepted American bomber aircraft B-52 and that incident had an echo of the Cold War.

NATO-Russia Council is recently seen as a forum to prevent escalation of tension between the Alliance and Moscow.

Related: It is important for NATO to hold political dialogue with Russia, - Stoltenberg

It is noteworthy that in 2015, Russian military planes were recorded near Latvian borders more than 270 times. In addition, Russian unmanned aircraft repeatedly violated Poland's airspace over the past year. Russian planes flew to Poland from the Kaliningrad region.

As it was reported earlier NATO will keep watch over Russia-Belarus military drills, according to Jens Stoltenberg. West 2017 is a joint military training of Russia and Belarus that will take place in Belarus, not far from the Ukrainian border.

Related: NATO never recognizes illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea, - Stoltenberg

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