By: EW News Desk Team
The defence ministry in Berlin could send up to six air force planes to patrol the Baltic region, the news magazine said, adding that the number of NATO aircraft could be doubled at least.
A decision will be announced during a NATO meeting in Brussels on the Ukraine crisis on Tuesday, Der Spiegel said.
Other NATO members have also begun increasing their military presence in Eastern Europe, particularly in former Soviet states.
Denmark will send six F16 fighters to the Baltic countries to help patrol their airspace, Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said on Thursday; while according to Reuters, France might send four planes to Lithuania if NATO decided to boost air defences.
Nevertheless German military missions overseas remain a sensitive topic due to their Nazi past. In response to the Der Spiegel report, a defence ministry spokeswoman told Reuters that any army mission still remained in the hands of politicians.