A Russian plane was spotted over the international waters of the Baltic Sea near the territorial waters of Latvia. NATO F-16 planes flew towards him.
Last week, representatives of the Netherlands Defense Ministry said that in the skies over Lithuania and Estonia, the Russian Il-76 transport aircraft intercepted, which entered the EU airspace without prior notice. For its interception from the base of the Polish Air Force, located near the city of Malbork, raised two Dutch fighter F-16.
However, the Russian defense ministry denied this information. Later, the Dutch side said that the Russian plane did not invade the airspace of the Baltic countries, but flew to the borders of Lithuania and Estonia, without providing a flight plan.
In addition, earlier representatives of the Norwegian Air Force said that close to the borders of the airspace of Norway was seen Russian front bomber.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the flights of fighters and bombers of the Russian Air Force pose a threat to civil aviation Europe.
“The problem is that many Russian pilots do not include their transceivers, they do not report on their flight plans and do not communicate with civilian air traffic controllers,” he said.
According to the Secretary General, in the 2014 year, the alliance air forces had to take military aircraft to intercept more than 100 times, while in the 2013, there were only 30 incidents.