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Cablegate: Update On Nato Air Surveillance and Training

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/18/2018
TAGS: MOPS NATO PGOV PREF PREL IC
SUBJECT: UPDATE ON NATO AIR SURVEILLANCE AND TRAINING
MISSIONS IN ICELAND

Classified By: A/DCM W.S. Reid for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

1. (C) In November, the financial crisis in Iceland and the
ensuing dispute between Iceland and the UK threw into
question NATO air surveillance and training missions in
Iceland. The UK was scheduled to fill the December 5 ) 21,
2008 rotation, but after a period of negotiation, the UK
ultimately cancelled at the behest of the Icelandic
government. The negotiations also led to a reduction in the
number of rotations per year and adjustments to the financial
arrangements. Sending nations are now invited to Iceland
three times per year vice four. The sending nations will
also now pay for food at the rate of 26 euros per person per
day, and ground support (handling fees, loading equipment,
etc.) at the rate of 2,000 euros per day, assuming five jets
-- cost that were covered previously by Iceland. All other
terms remain the same. For 2009, the first rotation will be
filled by Denmark beginning January, then Spain in the
spring, followed by the United States in late August to
September.

2. (SBU) Iceland first invited NATO Allies to such air
surveillance and policing activities in July 2007. The
initial exercise was conducted by France in April and May of
2008. Not only do these rotations provide good training
opportunities, they also demonstrate NATO presence in an area
of Alliance airspace that has seen increased Russian
encroachment.
VOLKER

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