Figures from the Lithuanian Defense Ministry show that NATO's fighters took off daily on Wednesday through Sunday and escorted 32 Russian aircraft, including two Tu-160 strategic bombers, which flew over not far from the Baltic countries' airspace on Thursday.

This was the busiest week for NATO air-policing jets, which conduct their mission from Lithuania and Estonia, this year so far. All of the Russian aircraft escorted last week flew between the Kaliningrad exclave and mainland Russia.