The NATO Alliance will temporarily deploy Airborne Warning and Control long-range radar surveillance aircraft to the Lithuanian city of Šiauliai. The first of two such aircraft arrived today and will monitor Russian military activity near NATO's borders. This was reported by the NATO press service.
NATO's acting representative, Dylan White, emphasized the importance of these AWACS aircraft, which can detect aircraft and missiles at a distance of hundreds of kilometers, making them a key early warning tool for the Alliance.
He also thanked Lithuania for its willingness to accept these aircraft, considering it an important contribution to common security.
It is worth noting that due to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, NATO has increased its air presence in the eastern part of the Alliance with fighter jets, surveillance aircraft and tankers.