NATO jets in Baltics scrambled once last week over Russian military aircraft

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

The Alliance's jets on Apr. 16 intercepted an IL-20 reconnaissance aircraft flying from mainland Russia to the Kaliningrad region.

The plane had its onboard transponder off, but kept radio contact with the regional air traffic control center and had a flight plan.

The NATO air-policing mission is conducted from Lithuania and Estonia.

Source: BNS
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