From August 31 North Atlantic Council approved the decision to prolong Baltic Air-policing mission till the end of 2014.

“The decision to prolong the mission signifies the importance the Allies attach to ensurment (sic) of security in the Baltic States and their resolution to make practical steps by deployment their capabilities in our region,” – said [Lithuanian] Minister of National Defence Rasa Jukneviciene.

According to former decision passed in NATO air-policing mission was meant to be active till the end of 2011. Baltic States aspire to prolong the mission till 2018. (graphic: NATO)