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Fighter-jets of the NATO air-policing mission guarding the Baltic skies were last week scrambled once to identify and escort an aircraft of the Russian Federation.
NATO Baltic air policing fighter-jets escort one Russian plane last week
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"A military intelligence airplane IL-20 of the Russian Federation was identified and escorted after flying above neutral waters of the Baltic Sea close to the borders of the three Baltic states," the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence said on Monday.

According to the press release, the airplane was flying in accordance to a plan but with its transponder turned off.

Meanwhile, on 8-14 December, NATO air-policing fighter-jets were scrambled on 21 occasions to escort Russian aircrafts flying close to Lithuanian, Latvian or Estonian borders. They then identified about 80 airplanes, most of them flying without their transponders on.

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