Baltic: Lithuania asks NATO to reinforce Baltic air defence

Lithuania has asked NATO to increase air defences in the Baltic States, BNS reports. Lithuania’s Deputy Defence Minister, Zilvinas Tomkus, met with the commander of NATO’s Allied Air Command (AIRCOM), General James Hecker, to discuss the issue. Tomkus asked NATO to deploy more assets, including fighter jets and air defence systems, to the region. The Baltic States have asked that NATO upgrade its Baltic air policing mission to an air defence mandate.