Lithuanian president to meet with NATO air policing mission's crews in Siauliai

  • 2020-07-28
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - President Gitanas Nauseda is on Tuesday meeting with troops stationed in the Lithuanian Air Force's aviation base in Siauliai as part of NATO's Baltic air policing mission.  

"Having visited the headquarters of the Naval and Land Forces, the president is this time visiting NATO's air force units of particular significance for Lithuania and the Baltic states," Kristina Karnickaite, an advisor to Nauseda, told BNS. 

"This is a get-to-know visit to discuss the situation of troops in Lithuania with the commanders," she said.  

Nauseda will also meet with the Lithuanian Armed Forces' representatives to discuss possibilities for developing the country's air defense capabilities, according to the advisor. 

The president is also to meet with US troops stationed in Siauliai.  

NATO member countries have taken turns safeguarding Baltic airspace since Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined the Alliance back in 2004.

Fifteen fighter aircraft from four countries are currently carrying out the Baltic air policing mission. Spanish, UK and German fighters are operating from Siauliai, and French jets are conducting the mission from Amari, Estonia.