NATO fighter jets, stationed in the Lithuanian northern city of Šiauliai as part of the Baltic air policing mission, performed five scrambles last week to intercept Russian military planes over the Baltic Sea.
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According to the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence, on July 28, NATO jets took off to intercept Russian An-124 and Il-76 planes and also an An-26. They were all flying on pre-filled plans, with their transponders on and maintaining radio communication.

On July 29, NATO jets were scrambled from Šiauliai three times to intercept and accompany an Il-76 and five An-26s. The planes were flying according to pre-filled plans, with their transponders on and maintaining radio communication.

On the same day, NATO jets performed scrambles to intercept and accompany four Russian fighter jets MiG-31 and four bombers Su-34 which were flying without pre-filled plans, with their transponder off and without maintaining radio communication.

No violations of Lithuania's airspace were recorded.

NATO's Baltic air policing mission is carried out by Norway and Italy in Lithuania, Belgium in Poland and the UK in Estonia.

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