NATO jets in Lithuania scrambled once last week over Russian warplane

Last Tuesday, NATO fighter jets identified and accompanied an An-26 warplane flying above the Baltic Sea from continental Russia to the Russian Kaliningrad region.

The airplane was flying without a pre-filed flight plan, was in contact with flight control centres but had its automatic transponder switched off, according to the statement.

Stationed in Lithuania and Estonia, NATO jets are usually scrambled a few times a week to accompany Russian warplanes flying close to the Baltic states.

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