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On 23 February - 1 March 2015, NATO fighter jets patrolling the Baltic airspace were scrambled to identify and escort aircraft flying near the Baltic states' borderline in the NATO Baltic Air Policing Reaction Zone twice, Lithuania's Ministry of National Defence said.
NATO air policing jets scrambled twice last week
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The identified planes were Russian military transport aircraft AN-22 and AN-72 flying without pre-filed flight plans, but using their on-board transponders and maintaining radio communication with air traffic control centre, and an Il-20 electronic reconnaissance plane of the Russian Federation that flew without pre-filed flight plan, with its on-board transponder switched-off and responded to radio communications.

The identified aircraft were flying in international airspace along the routes between the mainland of the Russian Federation and Kaliningrad.

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