NATO fighter-jets guarding the Baltic skies were last week scrambled twice from Lithuania to identify and accompany Russian military airplanes flying close to the Baltic air-space, the Ministry of National Defence said on Monday.
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During the incidents, the NATO jets identified and accompanied a Russian IL-76 strategic transport airplane and an An-26 transport airplane, which were both flying in line with submitted flight plans, with their transponders switched on and in contact with flight control, reads the press release.

NATO fighter-jets last year were scrambled about 150 times over Russian military airplanes flying near the Baltic states, indicating a three-fold increase from 2013.

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