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NATO fighter-jets patrolling Baltic airspace were scrambled once last week to identify and escort a Russian military plane in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Monday.
Belgium fighter jets escorting Russian fighter jets
Belgium fighter jets escorting Russian fighter jets
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The Alliance's fighters on October 18 intercepted a Su-24 plane on its way from Russia's Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad to mainland Russia, it said.

The aircraft flew according to a flight plan, its transponder was switched off and the crew did not maintain radio contact with the regional air traffic control center.

NATO's fighter-jets conduct the Baltic air-policing mission from Lithuania and Estonia.

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