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Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL536, tabled on 23 June 2014

To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the NATO Baltic air policing mission, what future British armed forces deployments are planned to reaffirm the United Kingdom's commitment to the collective security of NATO member states.

Answered on

15 July 2014

As a leading member of NATO, the UK continues to play a central role in NATO reaffirming our constant commitment to collective defence and to reassure our Eastern Allies following the recent events in Ukraine.

The four RAF Typhoon aircraft deployed to Lithuania in support of NATO's peacetime Baltic Air Policing mission are expected to return at the end of August and the E3D Sentry flights in Polish airspace will continue until at least the end of the year.

There are at present no plans to extend this commitment further, as future mission rotations are filled by Allies for the foreseeable future. However, we keep the situation under constant review and any potential future UK participation would be dictated by the regional situation and NATO requirements.

The UK has also committed to participate in a number of exercises in the Baltic Region (inlcuding Exercise STEADFAST JAVELIN, Exercise BALTOPS and Exercise RAMSTEIN GUARD) which demonstrates our commitment to NATO, collective defence and reassuring our Eastern Allies.