To intercept a US Air Force patrol aircraft over the Baltic Sea, a Russian Su-27 was lifted into the air. This was announced on Tuesday, September 15, by RIA Novosti with reference to the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation.
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“On September 15, Russian airspace control devices over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea detected an air target approaching the state border of the Russian Federation,” the message says.
To identify the air target and prevent the violation of the state border of Russia, a Su-27 fighter from the air defense forces of the Western Military District was taken into the air.
“The crew of the Russian fighter jet approached a safe distance to the aerial object and identified it as a US Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft and escorted it over the Baltic Sea,” the National Defense Control Center said.
It is noted that after the turn of the foreign military aircraft from the state border, the Russian fighter safely returned to the home airfield. The American plane was not allowed to violate the state border of Russia.
At the same time, the flight of the Russian Su-27 fighter was carried out in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace.
On the same day, it was reported that Russian fighters escorted the US Air Force B-1B Lancer strategic bomber over the Bering and Okhotsk seas. The MiG-31 fighters of the Pacific Fleet naval aviation and the Su-35s of the Eastern Military District took off into the air.
On September 6, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the aviation of NATO member countries was making regular flights, imitating the delivery of missile strikes on Russian territory.