The Italian Typhoon fighter jets, stationed in Lithuania as part of NATO's Baltic air policing mission, were scrambled on Thursday to accompany a Russian plane.
Eurofighter Typhoon
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"The plane was flying with a plan, with the transponder switched off but was in contact with the control centre. It was flying from the Kaliningrad region to mainland Russia," PR officer of the Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Captain Donatas Suchockis told BNS.

The Latvian armed forces tweeted that the Typhoons were scrambled to identify and accompany a Russian reconnaissance plane Il-20.

NATO jets from the Baltic air policing mission were scrambled twice last week to accompany Russian planes.

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