A Russian MiG-29 fighter from the air defense duty of the Northern Fleet escorted the Norwegian Falcon-20 over the Barents Sea. This was announced on September 8 by the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation.
“After the Norwegian plane turned away from the state border of the Russian Federation, the Russian fighter returned safely to its home base,” a message to Izvestia also says.
The department emphasized that the entire flight of the MiG-29 was carried out in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace.
“Violations of the state border of the Russian Federation by a Norwegian plane were not allowed,” the Defense Ministry added.
Earlier on the same day, another interception was reported – the Norwegian P-3C Orion, also over the Barents Sea.
The day before, the fighter had escorted the Norwegian Air Force Orion over the Barents Sea. In addition, he intercepted two British Air Force reconnaissance aircraft, the RC-135 and the R1 Sentinel.
Last week, similar interceptions of Norwegian aircraft occurred four times – from 1 to 5 September. On September 3, the MiG-31 escorted US and British reconnaissance aircraft over the Barents Sea.