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The Pentagon blamed Russia for a dangerously close encounter between aircraft over the Baltic
The US military department said that the interception of a US Air Force reconnaissance aircraft by a Russian Air Force jet in the Baltic Sea was unsafe.
"On June 19, an American RC-135U aircraft flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27. Due to the high speed of convergence and poor control over the aircraft during the interception, this interaction is regarded as unsafe," the Pentagon statement said.
The agency also stressed that the American …
The Russian Ministry of Defense commented on NATO fighters escorting Tu-160 bombers
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers flying over neutral waters of the Baltic Sea were shadowed by foreign fighters at different stages of their route.
“On June 15, the Tu-160s conducted scheduled flights over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea. At certain stages of the flight, Russian strategic missile carriers were shadowed by F-16 Falcon jets from the Danish Air Force and F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from the Finnish Air Force, as well as Swedish Air …
Russian fighter jet intercepts American B-52 bomber over Baltic
A Su-27 fighter jet was dispatched over the Baltic Sea to intercept an American B-52, as reported by the Russian Ministry of Defense.
The aircraft, which was flying over neutral waters along the Russian border, was detected at around 10:00 Moscow Time. A Su-27 fighter jet from the on duty forces of the Baltic Fleet’s anti-air defense was dispatched to intercept it.
The Russian Ministry of Defense states that after approaching the plane at a safe distance, the crew of the Su-27 identified it …
Undetectable French missile frigate entered the Black Sea
The French missile frigate HMS La Fayette, possessing a small radar signature, entered the waters of the Black Sea during the evening of the 16th of March, reports Interfax.
At present the warship is heading towards the Bulgarian port Varna.
In this French frigate, the hull and superstructures were constructed with the use of Stealth technology. The frigate feature unique stealth design with reduced radar, acoustic, infrared and electromagnetic signatures. It is equipped with modern anti-ship …
Three western aircraft carried out reconnaissance missions near the borders of the Kaliningrad region
Russia's Interfax news agency reported citing western websites that track the flights of military aircraft that on Tuesday, February 28, three military aircraft from the United States, Sweden and NATO were conducting reconnaissance at the Russian border in the south of the Baltic.
According to the agency, operational tasks near the coast of the Kaliningrad region were carried out by the U.S. Air Force’s RC-135W strategic reconnaissance aircraft, NATO's E-3A AWACS airborne early warning and …
US aircraft conducted reconnaissance mission over Russia's Baltic Sea territory
On Monday, a US Air Force plane conducted a routine reconnaissance mission near the Russian border at Kaliningrad, according to western sites that track the flights of military aircraft, Interfax reported.
According to the information, US Air Force Strategic Reconnaissance Aircraft RC-135W, tail number 62-4138 and call sign DERN40, took off from an airbase in Mildenhall, England and approached the reconnaissance mission from the southwest over Poland. Flying at an altitude of 30,800 ft (9,400 …
Finland holds large naval drills in the Baltic Sea
The MEPU-16 naval drills, which are the main drills conducted by the Finnish Naval Forces in 2016, started on Wednesday in the Gulf of Finland and the Archipelago Sea, as reported by the Finnish Broadcasting Company. 2,700 people, including 900 professional soldiers, will take part in the naval drills.
The Commander of the Finnish Navy, Mika Niemi, stated that there are approximately 1,400 recruits and 400 reservists taking part in the exercises. In addition about 30 warships, including a Hä …
NATO has rejected Russia's proposal concerning flights over the Baltic Sea
NATO declined Russia's proposal to always have the transponders turned on when flying over the Baltic region. This was reported by The Wall Street Journal, citing sources in the Alliance.
“This proposal will do little to improve air safety and will not help in stopping Russian aircraft from flying dangerously close to the ships and aircraft of the Western allies,” the source said.
Moscow discussed this issue during the Russia-NATO Council meeting in July. Then, NATO Secretary General Jens …
The Foreign Ministers of Finland and Sweden agree on the need for a common approach towards Russia
The Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström, and the Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Timo Soini, met in Stockholm and discussed, in particular, Russia's proposal to hold consultations on the security of the Baltic Sea region. According to the Ministers, the country was encouraged to follow a united approach regarding the Russian Federation, YLE reports.
Soini was skeptical about holding the bilateral consultations with Russia regarding security issues in the Baltic Sea …
Shoygu orders Russian aircraft to fly over the Baltic with transponders turned on
The Head of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Sergey Shoygu, ordered that the Russian Air Force ensure air traffic security of its fighting aircraft over international waters.
“A number of relevant organizational and technical measures are being developed, including the Russian Air Force flying missions with their transponders activated,” the Russia Defense Ministry press and information office reports. Thus, flight control services in the Baltic States will be able to identify Russian …