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NATO notes 'unusual Russian activity in European airspace'

PR dla Zagranicy
Peter Gentle 30.10.2014 11:55
NATO jets had to be scrambled after it detected four groups of Russian fighter aircraft over the Atlantic, Black Sea and the Baltic over the last 24 hours, the alliance has said in a statement.

Norwegian Air Force F-16AM Fighting Falcon (L) accompanying a Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-95MS (R) at an undisclosed location. According to reports, four Tupolev Tu-95 bombers, also known under their NATO coding 'Bear', and four unspecified tankers were observed over the Norwegian Sea in international airspace on 29 October 2014. EPA/NORWEGIAN AIR FORCE / HANDOUT

“This shows the effectiveness and vigilance of NATO's systems,” Poland's defence minister Tomasz Siemoniak told the PAP news agency on Thursday morning, after the alliance said that “sizeable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European air space.”

Four Russian Tupolev Tu-95 bombers flew out over the Norwegian Sea in the early hours of Wednesday, accompanied by four refuelling tanker aircraft and were intercepted by British Typhoon aircraft.

Two Tu-95s accompanied by fighter jets were also monitored by Turkish aircraft over the Black Sea on Wednesday and seven Russian bombers were monitored on Tuesday and Wednesday over the Baltic Sea. (pg)

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