BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The British Air Force announced on Friday that it had carried out two interceptions of Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea.

“The Typhoon fighters, deployed in Lithuania as part of a NATO mission to patrol the airspace of the Baltic countries, intercepted a Russian aircraft over the Baltic coast for the second time in a week,” the statement began.

“The fighters took off on the evening of June 4,” the British Air Force press office statement said, as they pointed out that they intercepted an IL-20 and two Sukhoi 27 aircraft.

The British military confirmed that the fighters approached a group of Russian planes and were able to identify the identity of these planes.

It is noteworthy that the Baltic countries do not have aircraft designated for conducting air patrols, and therefore the aircraft of NATO countries on a rotating basis to conduct patrols in the airspace of these countries, according to an agreement concluded in April 2004.

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