NATO fighter jets serving in the Alliance's air-policing mission in the Baltic countries were scrambled nine times last week to identify and escort Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.
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Figures from the Lithuanian Defense Ministry show that NATO's fighters took off daily on Wednesday through Sunday and escorted 32 Russian aircraft, including two Tu-160 strategic bombers, which flew over not far from the Baltic countries' airspace on Thursday.

This was the busiest week for NATO air-policing jets, which conduct their mission from Lithuania and Estonia, this year so far. All of the Russian aircraft escorted last week flew between the Kaliningrad exclave and mainland Russia.

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