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NATO F-16 fighters to arrive at Lithuania

March 29, 2004 (by Anonymous) - NATO F-16 fighters will arrive today at the Lithuanian Siauliai military air base. On March 27th, a C-130 Hercules transporter delivered supporting personnel and essential facilities to Siauliai.

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NATO will protect the airspace over Lithuania beginning March 29th, Lithuanian authorities reported.

NATO is also considering the possibility to locate a support airbase near Tallinn, the capital of Capital of Estonia.

But all of this, together with the inclusion, of former communist states in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is raising concerns in Moscow.

"NATO's steps have had an unfriendly character towards Russia," The Associated Press quoted Kosachyov as saying in response to the planned basing of four NATO F-16 fighter jets in Lithuania.