Lithuania: NATO jet intercepts Russian Navy fighters

US Air Force F-15s intercepted two Russian Navy Sukhoi-30 fighter jets in international air space during a Baltic Air Policing mission on November 23 and December 13, shows footage released on Saturday. Reportedly, the Russian jets were on their way from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia. According to NATO air forces, Russian fighters did not broadcast the appropriate codes required by air traffic... Еще control and had no flight plan on file. «Intercepts are a normal part of the Baltic Air Policing Mission. They don't necessarily happen on a day to day basis but it is a routine thing and are always conducted in a safe and professional manner», explained Commander 493rd Fighter Squadron Lieutenant Col Cody Blake. «The ability to intercept aircraft is important to NATO, it really goes back to the overall objective for the Baltic Air Policing Mission. And really, that objective is to ensure the sovereignty of the airspace for the Baltic countries. What it also does it just proves commitment to NATO and our allies. It shows that we are willing to bring training assets and resources in order to meet any future security concerns», Blake added. According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, all the required procedures were maintained and the flights were conducted in strict compliance with the international rules of using airspace with no violation of the borders of other countries. The NATO aircraft is from the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, belonging to the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

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