Mar 31, 2014
Germany ready to reinforce Nato-Russia borders
German Defence Ministry told on Sunday that the army could take part in flights to patrol airspace with Awacs over Romania and Poland as well as training flights in the framework of a Nato air policing mission over Baltic states.
The statement comes after Denmark and the US in the past few weeks agreed to send more than a dozen extra F-16 fighter jets to the region.
Russia has not made any explicit threats to former Communist or former Soviet countries in the Nato alliance.
But Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s speech on 18 March, in which he promised to protect ethnic Russians abroad, has raised concerns he could stir up trouble among Russian minorities in Baltic states.