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    RUSSIAN AF COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF: NATO FLIGHTS IN BALTIC AIRSPACE WILL NOT AFFECT RUSSIA'S SECURITY

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    MOSCOW, MARCH 19 (RIA NOVOSTI) - NATO flights in the airspace of the Baltic states will not be a danger to Russia's military security, the Russian Air Force Commander-in-Chief, Vladimir Mikhailov, said in a statement.

    Commenting Friday on the NATO Council's decision to safeguard the airspace over its would-be Baltic member states with Danish planes, Mikhailov said that modern destruction devices can operate effectively regardless their distance from the border, be it 50 or 500 kilometers. According to the Commander-in-Chief, the Air Force will keep a close eye on what is going on near the Russian border and will take measures to protect it should the necessity arise.

    "But this doesn't mean that we will respond to each NATO sortie by getting our aircraft off the ground. [The alliance's decision] hasn't made us any worse off; it's just that we don't find the idea attractive," Mikhailov said.

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