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A NATO F-18 Hornet multirole fighter approached Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu’s plane as it was flying over neutral waters in the Baltic Sea, but was chased off by one of two Su-27 fighters accompanying Shoigu’s aircraft, the Russian Defence Ministry has reported.

Shoigu was reportedly flying en route to Moscow from the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, which is surrounded from the south, east and northeast by NATO members Poland and Lithuania.

Footage taken from inside the defence minister’s plane showed the Spanish Air Force F-18 flying alongside the aircraft, before pulling a hard left banking maneuver as a Su-27 approached from under the airliner. The F-18 is then seen ascending sharply, pulling away from both planes.

Tweet reads: “NATO F-18 tried to approach Sergei Shoigu’s plane in the Baltic Sea. Su-27 pilots pushed the fighter away, preventing it from approaching close to the airliner.”

Shoigu visited Kaliningrad to observe part of the ongoing Seaborne Assault games, part of the broader Army Games-2019 competition, featuring participants from over two dozen countries.

NATO Says It Scrambled Jet to ‘Identify’ Shoigu’s Plane

Later in the day, NATO confirmed that an alliance warplane had been scrambled to intercept a Russian plane over the Baltic Sea, saying the intercept was carried out “to identify” the aircraft, and that it did not know who was onboard. The alliance’s press service said its aircraft returned to base after successfully identifying the plane.

“Jets from NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission scrambled to identify the (Russian) aircraft which flew close to Allied airspace. Once the identification of the aircraft had taken place, the NATO jets returned to base. NATO has no information as to who was on board,” the alliance said in a statement.

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Tuesday’s incident wasn’t the first time NATO aircraft have approached Shoigu’s plane in the Baltic. A similar incident took place in June 2017, when a NATO F-16 was nudged away from the plane by a Su-27 escort.

The US and its allies have substantially increased flights along Russia’s maritime and land borders in the Baltic and Black Sea regions, and near Russian bases in Syria. In 2018, the Defence Ministry reported observing some 3,000 foreign military aircraft, including about 1,000 reconnaisance planes and drones, flying near the border.

Some of these incidents prompted air defence forces to scramble jets. Russia has repeatedly condemned the NATO military buildup near its borders, warning that these actions increase the risk of escalation into a full-blown military conflict.

 

Source: Sputnik

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Slavonac
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Slavonac

The end of this war machine build-up on both sides will inevitably lead to a full-blown war

Daeshbags-Sux
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Daeshbags-Sux

It will lead to nothing because there is no war machine build-up. It’s just that, following Russian adventures in Chechnya, Crimea, Donbass, Luhansk and South Ossetia, we have 3 EU countries, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania who are freaking shïtting in their pants because of Putin, and the Poles don’t feel comfortable with S-400, Iskanders and Kalibr deployed in Kaliningrad… Have you ever took a look at the 3 small Baltic states military forces? Even the Belarus alone would be able to invade them at will! In terms of fighter-jets, well, for the 3 countries, you have… 6 L-39 Albatros trainers,… Read more »

Daeshbags-Sux
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Daeshbags-Sux

Normal procedure as much on the NATO countries side, as much as on the Russian side : as soon as the military ATC (air traffic control) is not informed of a flight close to the borders, a jet is scrambled for visual identification purposes. http://johnhelmer.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/map_cr_kl.jpg In fact, Shoigu’s aircraft could simply have declared a flight plan over Lithuania and Belarus and moved directly to Moscow without any need for an escort : what was he using? Most probably a Tu-154? Can be declared as an Aeroflot civilian flight, moreover, there are direct Aeroflot flights between Moscow and Kaliningrad and flight… Read more »

Charles
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Charles

A nato plane tried to approach? It was pretty close, as it seems. Chased by russian jets? It looks like nato’s plane kept the wining position, at the rear of the other fighter… Alternative headline: NATO fighter intercepts russian minister plane while it was escorted by two su-27

Long Live Syria
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Long Live Syria

Unfortunate for the British, once they ruled most the world on weaker nations and now they are sitting obediently at the feet of US wagging their tail.

Daeshbags-Sux
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Daeshbags-Sux

You don’t seem to get that the UK has colonies. USA is just another UK overseas territory, just like the Malvinas, the Falklands, Canada, Australia, etc … 😉

Daeshbags-Sux
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Daeshbags-Sux

Thus, WTFück the UK is doing into this?

Daeshbags-Sux
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Daeshbags-Sux

Charles : actually, the air-policing over Baltic-states is an EU program, not a NATO one. Both Sweden and Finland are participating and none of both are NATO, sometimes the Germans are in charge, sometimes you have a French squadron deployed, at the present day, it’s Spain. Alternative headline: an EU fighter jet does a visual identification of a non-ATC declared flight of Russian minister plane while it was escorted by two su-27… Because an “interception” is NOT this : an interception means either you push the intercepted aircraft into landing on your base, or you proceed to its destruction (or… Read more »