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UK Scrambles Jets to Intercept Russian Planes Near Baltics

FILE - A British Eurofighter EF-2000 Typhoon takes off from Gioia del Colle NATO airbase in southern Italy.
FILE - A British Eurofighter EF-2000 Typhoon takes off from Gioia del Colle NATO airbase in southern Italy.
Reuters
— Britain said on Wednesday it had scrambled Typhoon fighter jets to intercept seven Russian military aircraft flying near the Baltic states as tensions between the West and Russia over the Ukraine crisis remained high.
 
NATO last month tripled the number of fighter jets patrolling the Baltics to beef up the alliance's defenses in Eastern Europe, with Britain contributing four typhoons to the operation.
 
Britain's Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday it had launched the Typhoons on Tuesday after four separate groups of aircraft were detected in international airspace near the Baltics by NATO air defenses.
 
It said the aircraft had been identified as a Russian Tupolev Tu-22 bomber, four Sukhoi Su-27 fighters, one Beriev A-50 early warning aircraft, and an Antonov An-26 transport aircraft.
 
They appeared to be carrying out routine training, it said.
 
“The Russian aircraft were monitored by the RAF Typhoons and escorted on their way,” the ministry said in a statement

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by: Ukrop
June 19, 2014 4:18 AM
Where is the United Kingdom and Russia on the Baltic Sea. What makes the United Kingdom and United States in the Baltic region?


by: US Ministry of DOD from: Guatelpaca, US
June 18, 2014 9:42 PM
Su-27 Terminators don't stand a chance against the Typhoons; sorry Russia, you should have sent Su-30s, at least.

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by: meanbill from: USA
June 19, 2014 1:24 PM
REMEMBER? -- NATO hasn't won a single conflict or war that they have ever started or participated in, have they? -- NATO with the greatest military forces in the world, they couldn't defeat a few thousand guys riding donkeys, wearing nightshirts, gym shoes and sandals in Afghanistan, could they? ..... REALLY?

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