Russian jet escorts German aircraft over Baltic Sea: Ministry

AFP , Wednesday 12 Apr 2023

Russia said Wednesday it dispatched a fighter jet to escort a German naval aircraft over the Baltic Sea, the defence ministry in Moscow said.

Su-27 fighter jet
Russian Su-27 fighter jet. Photo : Press office of the Russian Defense Ministry


"On April 12, 2023, Russian means of airspace control over the Baltic Sea detected an air target approaching the state border of the Russian Federation," the ministry said in a statement.

It said a Su-27 fighter jet was sent to "identify the air target and prevent the violation of the state border".

"The crew of the Russian fighter jet identified the aerial target as an R-3C Orion base patrol aircraft of the German Navy," it added.

It did not cross the border, the ministry added.

It said the Russian jet carried out its flight "without... dangerously approaching" the aircraft.

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