Latvia to allocate €1.7m to airspace policing mission

Latvia will allocate €1.73m to the Baltic air policing mission, in which NATO jets patrol Latvia's skies, regularly intercepting Russian aircraft, the draft bill of the government suggests, reported BNS on Monday.

The Latvian Defense Ministry informed that financing should be allocated by redistributing resources within the Defense Ministry's programs in order to ensure that the airspace policing mission in 2015 is enforced.

Distribution of financing for the NATO airspace policing mission is controlled by the regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers. 

The airspace policing mission has already been financed by Lithuania and Estonia. Therefore, Latvia's costs should be applied retroactively to the past period. The three Baltic states have agreed to distribute airspace policing mission's costs evenly.

NATO's Baltic air policing mission operates from bases in Lithuania, Estonia and Poland, and is currently handled by Germany and Hungary. 

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