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Published: 29 march 2013 21:11

NATO fighter jets accompany Russian war planes over Baltic Sea

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Tomo Lukšio/BFL nuotr. / Pasikeitimo ceremonija

The Siauliai-based fighter jets from NATO's air policing mission have been sent to accompany Russian war planes flying over the Baltic Sea.

Lieutenant Ieva Gulbiniene of the Lithuanian Air Force's Air Base told BNS Danish fighter jets, currently in charge of the Baltic air policing mission, were scrambled on the night to Friday in response to an alarm.

„Planes of the Russian Federation were accompanied but there was no airspace violation,“ she said.

Latvia 's Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks also paid attention to the incident.

„Today 9th anniversary of Baltic nations joining NATO. Perhaps, the reason why Tu-22, and SU-27 appeared with greetings close to our borders:),“ he tweeted.

Tu-22 is bomber, and Su-27 is a fighter jet, used by Russia's army.

Lithuania and other Baltic states don't have air policing assets, and therefore the function of rapid response air forces has been carried out by troops from other NATO member countries on three-month rotation. 14 forces from the Alliance's countries have already served in the mission in Lithuania.

Naujienų agentūros BNS informaciją atgaminti visuomenės informavimo priemonėse bei interneto tinklalapiuose be raštiško UAB „BNS“ sutikimo draudžiama.

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