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    Putin: NATO Jets Fly Over Baltics Without Turning on Identification Devices

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that NATO jets fly over the Baltic region without turning on their identification devices more often that Russian military aircraft.

    TURKU (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he accepted his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto’s proposal to develop aviation security measures in the Baltic region.

    Putin said he would instruct the foreign and defense ministries to raise the issue at the next Russia-NATO Council.

    "We agree with the proposal of the President of Finland. Moreover, on return to Moscow, I will instruct the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense to put this issue on the agenda during the forthcoming Russia-NATO Council meeting in Brussels," Putin said at a press conference in the southwestern Finnish city of Turku.

    He said the Russia-NATO Council will be held after the Western military alliance's summit in the Polish capital of Warsaw, scheduled for July 8-9.

    "I would remind that not only Russian planes fly over the Baltics without turning on their respective identification devices, but also all NATO countries' aircraft. The number of NATO flights over the Baltics in this mode is twice the efficiency of Russian aircraft flights. This is not our invention, this is statistics," Putin said.

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