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NATO AWACS patrol Polish airspace during Euro 2012

posted 9 Jun 2012, 07:48 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 9 Jun 2012, 07:49 ]

NATO 'Eye in the Sky' aircraft are patrolling Polish airspace during the Euro 2012 soccer championship to improve security.

GEILENKIRCHEN AIR BASE, GERMANY (JUNE 8, 2012) (NATO CHANNEL) - NATO aircraft are patrolling Polish airspace during the Euro 2012 soccer championships to improve security.

Euro 2012 co-host Poland asked NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) to deploy the Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) planes from their base at Geilenkirchen in Germany.

Security in Poland and Ukraine has been a concern, although more for what might happen on the ground, such as racism in stadiums and clashes between fans.

Fighting has already been reported in Wroclaw in Poland and Lviv in Ukraine since the tournament kicked off on Friday (June 8).

The AWACS flights are NATO's largest collaborative programme and celebrate their 30th anniversary this year.

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