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Baltics to Develop Joint Air Space Surveillance System

Today, 27 February, the Cabinet of Ministers has approved the draft law produced by the Ministry of Defence On Agreement of the Republic of Latvia Government, Republic of Estonia Government and Republic of Lithuania Government on Development of the Baltic Air Space Surveillance and Control System.”

This draft law approves the agreement of the Republic of Latvia, Republic of Estonia and Republic of Lithuania governments on development of the Baltic Air Space Surveillance and Control System.

Before joining the NATO, the Baltic States had set up the regional air space surveillance system by signing agreement between the Republic of Latvia, Republic of Estonia and Republic of Lithuania governments on setting up the Baltic Air Surveillance Network (BALTNET) in 1998.

After Latvia has joined the NATO and become member of the collective defence, the basic principles of the national defence, including defence of the sovereign air space of the Republic of Latvia, have changed.

In 2006, the Baltic officials have developed a conceptually new agreement, whose purpose is to maintain integrity of the NATO air space, strengthen sovereignty of the national air spaces of the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Estonia and the Republic of Lithuania by continuously using national or joint air space surveillance means and air space control and command systems.

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Agreement on Development of the Baltic Air Space Surveillance and Control System