July 5, 2016 / 10:07 AM / 2 years ago

Russia's Putin chairs meeting on air safety over Baltic

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Security Council, chaired by President Vladimir Putin, on Tuesday discussed aviation safety over the Baltic sea, where there have been a number of close encounters between Russian air force jets and NATO aircraft, the Kremlin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Security Council at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, July 5, 2016. Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin/via REUTERS

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with journalists that the meeting had discussed ways to build confidence between NATO and Russian air forces operating in the area.

The NATO-Russia Council will meet on July 13 to discuss air safety measures over the Baltic, among other matters.

reporting by Denis Pinchuk, editing by Christian Lowe

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