Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda and his Polish counterpart will visit the Lithuanian Air Force base on Tuesday, Tomas Berzinskas, an adviser to the Lithuanian president, told BNS.

"The two presidents will meet with troops from the NATO Air Policing Mission contingent," he told BNS.

Poland took over the command of the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission from Hungary in early December after previously augmenting the mission.

The Polish contingent will continue to protect the Baltic airspace with four F-16 fighter jets, while France will augment the mission with four Rafale fighter jets.

Lithuania and Poland have been focusing on strengthening their defense and acquiring weapons in recent years and are close partners in this area, especially after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The two countries have been calling on NATO to boost regional presence and air defense.

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