NATO to supervise Icelandic airspace

NATO's North Atlantic Council (NAC) has decided to begin regular supervision of Icelandic airspace, which would involve NATO air forces coming to Iceland at least every four months for supervision and exercises, said reports.

NATO to supervise Icelandic airspace
NATO's North Atlantic Council (NAC) has decided to begin regular supervision of Icelandic airspace, which would involve NATO air forces coming to Iceland at least every four months for supervision and exercises, said reports.

Following Thursday's agreement, NATO member nations will be approached to see whether they are interested in sending military jets to Iceland.

According to Frettabladid, some member nations have already expressed their interest.

The nations in question would probably cover the cost of such operations themselves, but Iceland would pay for technical assistance, required facilities and accommodation for the pilots at the Keflavik airport security zone, the paper said.

With the agreement with NATO, "we'll have acceptable air defense. But we still have to go through a general estimation of our needs for defense, not only in a military sense, but also regarding preparation for environmental disasters, infectious diseases and international crime," said Foreign Minister Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir.

The air supervision plan will be developed further next fall and then it will be decided when the military jets will arrive, how long they will stay on each occasion and how many troops will come, Frettabladid reported.

Agencies
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