NATO fighter-jets scrambled from Lithuania twice last week over Russian warplanes

An-72
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Both times, on Wednesday and Friday, the NATO jets accompanied transport airplanes An-26 flying in the international airspace above the Baltic Sea that had their onboard transponders off but had pre-filed flight plans and maintained contact with air traffic controllers.

During the same scramble on Friday, the jets intercepted a transport airplane An-72 with a pre-filed flight plan, activated transponder and radio communication with the regional flight control center.

The NATO air-policing mission in the Baltic states is conducted from Lithuania and Estonia.

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