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NATO fighter-jets serving in the Baltic air-policing mission from Lithuania and Estonia were last week scrambled eight times to intercept and accompany Russian warplanes flying above the Baltic Sea, identifying a total of 18 warplanes.
F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet
F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet
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The bulk of the Russian warplanes were fighter-jets, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said. A few of the intercepted aircraft were transport and patrol planes.

Most of the Russian warplanes flying in the international airspace had their automatic transponders switched off.

The biggest number of scrambles took place last Tuesday, with NATO jets scrambled a total of four times.

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