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Russian SU-27 Warns Off NATO F-16 Trying to Approach Defense Minister’s Plane Over Baltic (VIDEO)

  • Russian SU-27 Warns Off NATO F-16 Trying to Approach Defense Minister’s Plane Over Baltic (VIDEO)
    by, 21 June 2017
    A NATO F-16 fighter jet has tried to approach the Russian defense minister’s plane above the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea. The plane was warded off by a Russian Su-27 escorting the minister’s aircraft.

    Russian plane was en route to the city of Kaliningrad, a western Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea, where Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu is scheduled to discuss security issues with defense officials on Wednesday. The incident was first reported by journalists of Russian state news agencies on board Shoigu’s plane.

    While one NATO aircraft tried to approach the Russian airplane, a Russian Su-27 fighter jet got in its way and tilted its wings, apparently showing its arms. The F-16 then flew away. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that he has no information about the incident.

    “It’s probably better to ask the Defense Ministry,”
    Peskov said in answer to journalists’ questions.

    NATO confirmed that three Russian aircraft were tracked over the Baltic Sea, claiming they were unaware that the Russian Defense Minister was onboard one of the planes. “As the aircraft did not identify themselves or respond to air traffic control, NATO fighter jets scrambled to identify them, according to standard procedures NATO has no information as to who was on board,” a representative of the alliance told reporters.

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June 22, 2017 - Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , ,

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