Finland Opens Airspace for NATO ISR Missions, US Surveillance Aircraft Airborne Near Russian Border

Finland has opened up its national airspace to NATO aircraft to run intelligence and surveillance missions along its border with Russia to monitor military activity. Today, a United States Air Force and United Kingdom Royal Air Force RC-135 “Rivet Joint” both carried out ISR missions over the Baltics, with the American aircraft continuing north along the Russian-Finnish border. This comes as Finland is set to join NATO, which has drawn harsh criticisms and opposition from Russia.