NATO jets serving in the Baltic air policing mission were scrambled from Poland on Tuesday to identify a Russian military transport airplane An-26 flying above the Baltic Sea.
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"The aircraft was flying above the Baltic Sea from mainland Russian Federation to the Kaliningrad region in accordance to an agreed plan, with a transponder switched on and was in contact with the flight control centre," Asta Galdikaitė of the Lithuanian Defence Ministry told BNS on Wednesday.

The NATO air-policing mission in Poland is carried out by Belgium with its F-16 Fighting Falcon jets.

Norwegian and Italian jets and aviators are stationed in Lithuania, with British deployed in Estonia.

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