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France offers 4 fighter jets to Poland, Baltics to boost Nato patrols

Published on Mar 21, 2014 7:56 PM

TALLINN (AFP) - France will offer to send four fighter jets to the Baltic states and Poland to boost Nato air patrols over the region, a source close to the French defence minister said on Friday.

Besides the Rafale and Mirage 2000 aircraft, Paris will also offer to ensure "AWACS patrols from France around twice a week" if asked by Nato, the source said during the minister's visit to the Estonian capital Tallinn amid the Ukraine turmoil.

The AWACS aircraft - Airborne Warning and Control System - are among the most sophisticated planes in the Nato armoury, capable of monitoring huge swathes of airspace.

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will also visit Estonia's fellow Baltic state Lithuania and neighbouring Poland on Friday.

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