The F-18 in the Baltic States strengthen the security of Spain, said Rajoy

© AP Photo / Helan M. EbenhackСамолеты F-18. Archival photoThe F-18 in the Baltic States strengthen the security of Spain, said Rajoy© AP Photo / Helan M. Ebenhack

Part of the Spanish F-18 fighter jets to patrol the airspace of the Baltic States contributes to national security of Spain, said the Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy.

On Monday, Rajoy, Minister of defense of Spain maría Dolores de Cospedal and head of the General staff, General Fernando Lopez del Pozo visit the Amari military base in Estonia, where currently the F-18 arrived to the air base at Zaragoza in may. They are in the rotation of the NATO mission from 3 may to 31 Aug doing air policing in the Baltic States.

«Are you here to contribute to Europe and Spain became more safe,» said Rajoy, referring to the Spanish military. A recording of his performance was shown by the channel 24 Horas.

«Estonia is one of the countries of the Alliance, most are located far from Spain, so someone might think that it is far from our national interests. I tell you that it is not. Our interests in security also are in solidarity with our allies and in meeting our international obligations… More than a million Estonians are more and more safe every time our planes overfly its airspace,» added the Spanish Prime Minister.

On Monday, Rajoy will also meet with Estonian Prime Minister jüri Ratas the.

On Tuesday, Rajoy will visit the Adazi base situated in Latvia, where 310 Spanish troops deployed as part of the wider battle group, NATO under the leadership of Canada. The group includes more than a thousand soldiers from Albania, Italy, Canada, Poland, Slovenia and Spain. In June, Spain sent in the framework of this mission to Latvia four tanks «Leopard» and 12 infantry fighting vehicles Pizarro.

Source