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Baltic air policing mission should not be called into question - Estonian defense minister

TALLINN, Aug 09 (LETA--BNS) - Estonian Defense Minister Juri Luik said that the Baltic air policing mission should not be called into question due to the incident where a missile was accidentally fired by a Spanish fighter jet on Tuesday.

According to Luik, offering training possibilities for allied fighters in the Baltic airspace is entirely logical for the pilots to be in a state of constant readiness. "The likelihood that such an incident could take place is one in a thousand and this does not call into question the Baltic air policing mission or those procedures that are used on this mission," the minister said.

Luik said that it must be thoroughly investigated how the missile could have accidentally launched, while Spain must have a special role in the investigation and that Estonia will offer thorough cooperation. "The Spanish defense minister has apologized and expressed deep regret," he said, adding that the same was also done by commander of the Spanish Armed Forces.

From the Estonian side, Luik on Thursday will form an investigation group, which will be led by the Defense Ministry's deputy secretary general for defense planning Meelis Oidsalu. "The task of the work group is to review the Estonian regulations. Until then, I have suspended all NATO exercises in the Estonian airspace," Luik said.

The defense minister thanked residents who gave information to the defense forces regarding the possible journey of the missile as this gave the defense forces valuable information to identify the missile's flight path.

Luik said that there is also a possibility hat no details of the missile will be found in the event that it exploded in the air.

Published: 09.08.2018 13:04

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