NATO air policing mission fighter jets, stationed in the Lithuanian northern city of Šiauliai, were on March 24 morning scrambled to accompany several Russian bombers and fighter jets flying over the Baltic Sea with their transponders switched off.
American F-15C Eagle during a drill above Lithuania
© DELFI (M.Bajarūnas)

Donatas Suchockis, the PR officer of the Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, told BNS NATO jets were scrambled at around 8 a.m. in response to a signal that four planes were flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad.

"Two Tu-22 bombers and two Su-27 fighter jets were identified. Their automatic transponders were switched off, they did not maintain radio communication and were flying without a pre-filled plan," Suchockis told BNS.

As Russia held large-scale military exercises in Kaliningrad last week, NATO fighter jets were scrambled eight times to accompany Russian aircraft. All in all, NATO jets were scrambled around 150 times last year.

NATO officials say Russian planes flying with switched-off transponders pose threat to civil aviation.

MP's party membership suspended due to internal violations

The opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats on Tuesday decided to...

Parliament votes against stripping MP Grazulis of his legal immunity

The Seimas of Lithuania on Tuesday refused to allow prosecuting MP Petras Grazulis in the so-called...

Eight drunken British soldiers detained in resort of Palanga (1)

Eight drunken British soldiers were detained in the Lithuanian seaside resort of Palanga early on...

Nauseda tops Lithuania's approval ratings

President-elect Gitanas Nauseda is the most favored politician in Lithuania, according to the latest...

Government proposes introducing equal university admission criteria

The Lithuanian government on Wednesday put before the country's parliament amendments on setting equal...