NATO fighter-jets serving in the air-policing mission of the Baltic states were last week scrambled three times from Lithuania to intercept Russian warplanes flying above the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Monday.
Russian and NATO jets
© Russian and NATO jets

At the end of the week, air-policing jets identified and accompanied two Russian fighter-jets Su-27 flying in the international airspace. The NATO jets were scrambled two more times on Friday over An-12 transport airplane.

All four Russian aircraft had their onboard transponders off.

The NATO air-policing mission is conducted from Lithuania and Estonia. In response to the upcoming Russian-Belarusian exercise Zapad 2017, it was reinforced with additional US fighter-jets at the end of August.

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