NATO jets in Baltics scrambled once last week over Russian warplane

Belgium fighter jets escorting Russian fighter jets
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NATO fighter-jets patrolling Baltic airspace were scrambled once last week to identify and escort a Russian military plane in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

The Alliance's fighters on October 18 intercepted a Su-24 plane on its way from Russia's Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad to mainland Russia, it said.

The aircraft flew according to a flight plan, its transponder was switched off and the crew did not maintain radio contact with the regional air traffic control center.

NATO's fighter-jets conduct the Baltic air-policing mission from Lithuania and Estonia.

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