NATO jets scrambled from Poland to accompany Russian transport airplane

“The aircraft was flying above the Baltic Sea from mainland Russian Federation to the Kaliningrad region in accordance to an agreed plan, with a transponder switched on and was in contact with the flight control centre,” Asta Galdikaitė of the Lithuanian Defence Ministry told BNS on Wednesday.

The NATO air-policing mission in Poland is carried out by Belgium with its F-16 Fighting Falcon jets.

Norwegian and Italian jets and aviators are stationed in Lithuania, with British deployed in Estonia.

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