Baltic Air Policing, and it’s impact on the Nordic States

An impressive assessment of the NATO mission and its consequences in the wider scope of east-west relations by Richard Reynolds.

The Baltic Post

The Baltic States Nato contingent badge, The Baltic States Nato contingent badge,

The Baltic air-policing mission is a NATO air defence Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) in order to guard the airspace over the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. On May 13 2016, President Obama played host to the leaders of Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.

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The White House reported that Obama and his guests discussed “a range of issues, including countering terrorism and violent extremism, protecting the environment, coordinating on Arctic issues, promoting the Global Health Security Agenda, advancing sustainable development, enhancing nuclear security, providing humanitarian assistance, and addressing the migration and refugee crisis in a humane and orderly way.”

Another issue with a prominent place on the agenda was Russia. Three of the five Nordic nations are already NATO members and Sweden and Finland are close alliance partners, but their populations are divided about the possibility of full membership.

“It is a way of…

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