Fighter-jets serving in the NATO air policing mission were scrambled from Šiauliai, northern Lithuania, on Wednesday evening to identify a Russian transport airplane flying above the Baltic Sea without an agreed plan.
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The An-72 airplane had its transponder on and was in contact with the flight control centre, the Ministry of National Defence said.

"The aircraft was flying above the Baltic Sea from the Russian Kaliningrad region to mainland part of the Russian Federation," the ministry's representative Asta Galdikaitė told BNS on Thursday.

NATO's Baltic air policing mission is carried out by Italy and Norway from Lithuania, Great Britain from Estonia and Belgium from Poland.

Last week, two scrambles were made in the region.

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