GPS Interference in Baltic Airspace: Estonia Accuses Russia of International Violations

Estonia has accused Russia of violating international regulations by interfering with GPS signals, affecting civil aviation across the Baltic region.

Due to the ongoing GPS disturbances, Finnair announced it will temporarily suspend its flights to Tartu, Estonia, starting April 29, to facilitate the installation of alternative navigation systems at the airport.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) acknowledges these disruptions but does not monitor them in real-time. These GPS interferences reportedly affect areas including the north side of the Gulf of Finland and extending into Swedish airspace. In response, flights are being rerouted to alternate airports with better landing aids.

Lithuanian and German officials characterize these disruptions as part of broader hostile activities by Russia, suspecting Kaliningrad as a source.

Estonia is advocating for a coordinated response among affected nations to address and mitigate the GPS disturbances. Estonian Foreign Minister Margus Tsahkna has expressed intentions to raise this issue with both NATO and EU counterparts.