The Alliance's jets on Apr. 26 intercepted two SU-35 Russian fighters and one Su-24 attack aircraft flying from mainland Russia in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

The group had their onboard transponder off, kept no radio contact with the regional air traffic control center and had no flight plan. The aircraft made a turn during the flight and headed back toward mainland Russia, the ministry said in a press release.

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