Poland and the Baltic states see the upcoming deployment of 4,000 more NATO troops in their countries as insufficient to protect them from alleged Russia threat and advocate for a significant military boost to ensure superiority in their airspace. “We need to stop possible air aggression,” Lithuania’s Defence Minister Juozas Olekas told Reuters.

“We are discussing creating a regional medium-range air defense system together with the Latvians, the Estonians and the Poles.” An anti-aircraft shield encompassing the four countries may be operational in two or three years, Olekas told Financial Times in a separate interview, adding that the nations involved are “evaluating procurement options.” READ MORE