Dutch fighters intercept Russian military aircraft over Baltic

11:38, 14 November 2014
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NATO fighters have again been scrambled over the Baltic, this time to intercept a Russian military transport aircraft, Ukrainian newspaper Europeiska Pravda has reported, citing the Dutch Defense Ministry.


Two Dutch F-16s intercepted the Russian Ilyushin transport plane on Wednesday evening, the Dutch ministry said.

Prior to being intercepted by the NATO fighters, the Russian aircraft violated the airspaces of both Estonia and Lithuania, according to the newspaper report.

When the Dutch fighters appeared on the scene, the Russian aircraft changed course and flew in the direction of the Russian Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad.

As previously reported, on November 8, two Canadian fighters were forced to interrupt a training mission in order to intercept a Russian Air Force plane over the Baltic Sea.

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