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NATO air-policing jets were last week scrambled from Lithuania twice to identify and intercept Russian warplanes flying above the Baltic Sea.
NATO fighter-jets
NATO fighter-jets
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On Monday, the jets intercepted an IL-76 aircraft flying from mainland Russia to the Kaliningrad region in accordance to a pre-filed flight plan, its transponder on and in contact with flight controllers, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said.

An IL-20 flying in the same direction was accompanied on Thursday – it was flying in accordance to a flight plan and maintained contact with flight controllers, however, had its automatic on board transponder switched off.

The NATO air-policing mission in the Baltic states is conducted from Lithuania and Estonia.

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