NATO fighter-jets serving in the NATO air-policing mission of the Baltic states were last week scrambled from Lithuania three times to identify and accompany Russian warplanes, Lithuania's Defense Ministry said on Monday.
NATO fighter-jets
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NATO jets intercepted a total of four Russian transport and reconnaissance planes in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. Most of them flew in accordance to pre-filed flight plans and were in contact with flight control centers, however, had their automatic transponders switched off.

Russia said a couple of months ago that it had invited NATO experts to Moscow for talks on the possibility of all military aircraft keeping their transponders on during flights in the Baltic Sea region.

However, individual NATO member states have said that they will not hold talks with Russian experts at the technical level and propose that discussions on this issue be conducted within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

The NATO air-policing mission is carried out from Lithuania and Estonia.

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