Russia ready to pursue air safety measures over Baltic Sea, NATO says

Russia is ready to implement air safety measures over the Baltic Sea, which has seen some close encounters between Russian fighter jets and US vessels, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says, after talks in Brussels between ambassadors from the two sides.

"I welcome that Russia has signaled that it wants to pursue risk reduction measures," Stoltenberg says. "This is something that [NATO] allies have been advocating for a long time. So I look forward to further discussions on this issue with Russia."

He says the measures would relate to the use of transponders. NATO has complained that Russian jets do not turn on their transponders, making them invisible to civilian radar.

Disagreements between NATO and Russia remain despite Wednesday's talks, Stoltenberg says, notably on the crisis in Ukraine. On that issue, "there was not a meeting of minds today," the NATO chief adds.

Last update: Wed, 13/07/2016 - 19:22
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