The prime ministers said that the countries should renew their common airspace agreement. (Photo by Corkran, F., Lee)
The agreement on Baltic air space security will be in effect until 2011, but the threecountries are applying for its extension until at least2018.
This May the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuaniandefenseministers underlined a political instruction of air spaceanalysis on the basis of which versions of the threecountries' air space security after 2018 will be worked out.
The analysis must be drawn up by January 1, 2010 andprovide a functioning solution for the Baltic countries' airspace security starting from 2018. The Baltic countries mustsubmit the proposals to NATO by 2011.
The Baltic states' airspace is currently being defended under a NATO plan whereby member states rotate planes in and out of the three countries.
The neighborhood policy of the European Unionand the influence of the world financial and economic crisison the Baltic region will also be discussed at the meeting.