NATO officials previously indicated that the mission involves deployment of interceptor aircraft, AWACS early warning radar planes and a naval unit including port calls, exercises and maritime patrol aircraft, in the Eastern Mediterranean.
"We will continue to augment Turkey's air defenses with defensive anti-missile systems," the official said, adding: "Allies will also deploy aircraft to support Turkey's air defenses on a bilateral basis".
NATO has many times emphasized that Turkey is in the front lines of efforts to increase regional instability in the south and has stated that it send more surveillance drones to the Syria-Turkey border.
While NATO has increased air defenses for Turkey for many years, the downing of the Russian warplane, which violated Turkish airspace on Nov.24, has fueled NATO support.
Since Russia deployed S-400 missile defense systems near its base in Latakia after the downing of its jet, Italy has indicated that it will deploy Patriot air and missile defense units to Turkey. Additionally, the mission for Patriot air defense missile systems, which were provided by Spain as part of its NATO obligations, have been extended beyond their previous end date of January 2016.
Russian warplanes also previously violated Turkish airspace twice in October. The incidents came within a few days of the start of Russia's air campaign in Syria on Sept. 30 and led to international condemnation.
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