Financial Times: Poland and the Baltic States plan to create a regional air defense system

The Minister of National Defense of Lithuania, Juozas Olekas, stated in an interview with the Financial Times that Poland and the Baltic States are negotiating the creation of a regional air defense system for protection from Russia.

According to Olekas, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are discussing this initiative in response to the strengthening of Russian military forces in Kaliningrad and on the western borders.

Such an air defense system is expected be commissioned in two to three years. Currently, the parties are weighing all possible options. Recently, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asked China not to undertake a unilateral air defense system, which may have had some bearing on this decision.

  NATO, Poland, Baltic States, Russia, Airspace