BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The British Air Force announced on Wednesday, that its Typhoon fighters were sent to intercept a Russian Il-78 refueling plane near the coast of the Baltic Sea.
A Royal Air Force statement posted on the website of the British Ministry of Defense said that the Typhoon fighters stationed in Lithuania as part of the NATO mission to monitor the airspace of the Baltic states, were “sent for the fifth time” to intercept the Russian plane near the coasts of the Baltic Sea.
The Russian Ministry of Defense has repeatedly stressed that Russian warplanes’ flights “fully conform to international norms.”
The Russian Ministry of Defense has yet to comment on this latest interception.
The three Baltic countries (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia) do not have planes capable of conducting air patrols, so the task of protecting the airspace of the aforementioned countries, after obtaining NATO membership in 2004, was placed on the shoulders of all other NATO countries whose fighters are stationed in Lithuania.
Source: RIA Novosti