Baltic states to spend more on NATO air policing

December 12, 2014 2:48 PM

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CESIS, Latvia (Reuters) - Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will step up military cooperation and increase funding to NATO's air mission in the Baltic region in response to a surge in sorties along their borders by Russian planes, their defense ministers said on Friday.

The three Baltic states have viewed their Soviet-era ruler with increasing unease since Russia annexed Crimea in March and as the conflict in eastern Ukraine has rumbled on.

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