NATO fighter jets intercepted a Russian military airplane over the Baltic Sea today after four such incidents last week as the confrontation over Ukraine between Russia and its Cold War-era foes intensifies.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s F-16 jets based in the Baltic region intercepted a Russian Su-27 fighter plane, Latvia’s army said today on Twitter. The encounter took place over international waters near Latvia’s territorial seas, it said.
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, former Soviet republics that joined NATO in 2004, won more security guarantees from the 28-nation bloc in September after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine. Military planes and naval vessels have been increasingly moving in the Baltic Sea between St. Petersburg and Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave, while Estonia and non-aligned Finland have reported increased violations of their airspace.
Putin said in a TV interview with German broadcaster ARD yesterday…
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