Six US F-15 jets landed at a base in Estonia on Wednesday for a week-and-a-half deployment as NATO’s transatlantic military alliance bolsters its presence on the eastern side for account of tensions with Russia in Ukraine.
NATO said on Monday it was putting its forces on readiness and bolstering Eastern Europe with more warships and warplanes, a move Russia classified as Western “hysteria” in response to the build-up of forces on the border. with Ukraine.
Monday’s announcement made no mention of sending US fighter jets to Estonia.
“The six fighters will stay until the end of next week,” said a spokesman at Amari air base in Estonia.
The F-15s will enhance NATO’s mission of air policing the Baltic Sea, NATO’s Allied Air Command said.
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the Baltic states that were once commanded by Moscow but are now part of NATO and the European Union, do not operate fighter jets and rely on NATO to police their airspace.
NATO has previously announced that Denmark will deploy four F-16 fighter jets to a nearby Lithuanian base in Siauliai on Thursday.
Reference: CNN Brasil