NATO Baltic air policing fighter jets were scrambled once last week to intercept and accompany a Russia plane flying over the Baltic Sea, according to Lithuania's Ministry of National Defence.
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On July 7, fighter jets took off from the Lithuanian northern city of Šiauliai to identify and accompany a Russian military transporter Il-76 flying in the international airspace from mainland Russia to the Kaliningrad region.

The aircraft was flying without a pre-filled flight plan but with its transponder switched on and it was also maintaining radio communication. Lithuania's airspace was not violated, the ministry said.

Meanwhile The Associated Press reported last week that a Russian transporter An-26 violated Estonia's airspace on Thursday.

According to Estonia's Foreign Ministry, the Russian plane entered the country's airspace near the Island of Vaindloo without prior permission and spent in Estonia's airspace less then a minute.

In Lithuania, NATO's Baltic air policing missions is being carried out by Norwegian and Italian contingents and also a British contingent is stationed in Estonia and a Belgian one in Poland.

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