Published On: Mon, Aug 19th, 2019

RAF Typhoons jets intercept two Russia fighter jets over Baltic Sea | World | News

The Ministry of Defence said on Twitter: “RAF Typhoons deployed in Estonia on NATO Baltic Air Policing today intercepted two Russian SU-30 “Flanker” fighters as they transited over the Baltic Sea. The intercept was conducted in a professional manner throughout.”

In a video to accompany this message, the MoD said: “A QRA (Quick Response Alert) has been launched from Amari Air Base in Estonia.

“RAF Typhoons intercepted Russian military aircraft.

“They are currently deployed on NATO Baltic Air.”

This follows a tense encounter over the same stretch of water last week, when an Su-27 came face-to=face with a Spanish F-18 fighter jet.

In a video released by the Russian Defence Ministry, the Spanish aircraft, which is deployed at the Lithuanian base of Siauliau as part of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission, can be seen tagging a plane reportedly carrying Russian Defense Minister Serguéi Shoigu.

The F-18 came into close range, hovering near the wing of the plane, but then quickly moved away and was followed by one of two Su-27 hits.

The Russian Defence Ministry said Mr Shoigu was aboard the plane, which was travelling to Moscow from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland.

Russian news agency TASS reported that “Shoigu’s plane was on the way from Kaliningrad to Moscow with an escort of two Sukhoi-27 fighter jets of the Baltic Fleet on Tuesday.

“Over international waters of the Baltic Sea NATO’s F-18 tried to approach it but the Russian fighter jets forced it away.”

The Spanish Defence Ministry would only say the F-18 was participating in a NATO mission.

This is a breaking story. More to follow.

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