NATO fighter-jets patrolling Baltic airspace were scrambled five times last week to identify and escort Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said on Monday.
SU-35 fighter
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Three of these scrambles were to intercept Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft and an Il-76 transport plane and two were to intercept Tu-134 passenger aircraft and Su-27 escort fighters.

Many of the Russian aircraft had their automatic transponders switched off.

NATO's Baltic air-policing mission is conducted from Lithuania and Estonia.

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