Germany to send three additional fighter jets to Romania

BERLIN, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Germany will deploy three more fighter jets to Romania to support NATO's air policing mission, the defence ministry in Berlin said on Thursday.

"I have given an order to expand and extend our engagement in the air policing in Romania," Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht told reporters after briefing parliament's defence committee, adding Germany was prepared to comply with further NATO requests.

Berlin has deployed almost 1,000 troops in Lithuania as part of a German-led NATO combat unit and takes part in NATO's air policing in Romania with three fighter jets so far.

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Reporting by Sabine Siebold Editing by Madeline Chambers

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