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The planes are due to arrive on January 17, 2023. Their job will be to strengthen NATO’s presence in the area and keep an eye on what the Russian military is doing.
In immediate response to Russia’s involvement in the conflict in Ukraine, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has boosted its air presence in eastern Europe by deploying additional fighter jets, surveillance aircraft, and air tankers.
Since February 2022, NATO AWACS have been making regular patrols in Eastern Europe and the area around the Baltic Sea to keep an eye on the movements of Russian Air Force planes that are close to NATO’s borders.
“As Russia’s illegal war in Ukraine continues to threaten peace and security in Europe, there must be no doubt about NATO’s resolve to protect and defend every inch of Allied territory,” said NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu. “Our AWACS can detect aircraft hundreds of kilometres away, making them a key capability for NATO’s deterrence and defence posture. I thank Romania for hosting the aircraft, which makes an important contribution to our early warning,” she added” said NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu.
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