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.
First flights of Finland's announcement to open its airspace for NATO reconnaissance flights recorded
Both American and British Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft are currently operating along Russia's border with Finland and the Baltic states.
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