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NATO conducting air defense exercises in Poland, Baltic region

Ramstein Legacy 22 exercise to end on June 10

NATO is holding exercises to improve its air defense capabilities in Poland and the Baltic states, according to a statement by the alliance.

The exercise, Ramstein Legacy 22, is scheduled for June 6-10.

In a statement on Monday, NATO said the exercise is conducted by 17 allied and partner nations across Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

Since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war on Feb. 24, “there has been an increased use of missiles, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and combat aircraft close to the borders of NATO nations,” which “increases the air and missile threat to NATO territory and populations, primarily due to miscalculation or loss of guidance or control,” it added.

“Given the current security situation following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, large-scale training exercises like this are, now, more important to NATO than ever,” the statement quoted Gen. Jeff Harrigian, the commander of the Allied Air Command, as saying.

“We will leverage this opportunity to increase multi-domain interoperability and unit readiness. Ramstein Legacy enhances our ability to defend Alliance territory and is a clear expression of NATO’s commitment to regional security and stability,” Harrigian added.

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