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NATO Air Policing jets.
NATO Air Policing jets. Source: A. Gedrimas (LITHAF)

NATO fighter jets stationed in the Baltic states as part of the NATO air policing mission were scrambled eight times last week to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in the international airspace over the Baltic Sea, Lithuania's Ministry of Defense said on Monday.

On June 8, NATO jets intercepted an Ilyushin IL-20 flying from the mainland of the Russian Federation to Kaliningrad in accordance with a pre-filed flight plan, with switched off onboard transponder, maintaining radio communication with the regional air traffic control center.

On June 10, NATO jets intercepted one Ilyushin IL-20 flying from and to Kaliningrad, without the flight plan, its onboard transponder off, maintaining radio communication with the regional air traffic control center.

On June 10, NATO jets intercepted two Sukhoi Su-27s flying from and back to Kaliningrad with switched off onboard transponders, without the flight plans, and without maintaining radio communication.

On June 10, NATO air policing fighter jets intercepted two Sukhoi Su-27s flying from and to Kaliningrad, and one Sukhoi Su-24MR flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad. None of the aircraft had flight plans, used their onboard transponders, or maintained radio communication with the regional air traffic control center.

On June 10, NATO fighter aircraft intercepted two Sukhoi Su-27s flying from and to Kaliningrad, and one Sukhoi Su-24MR, flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad, without using their onboard transponders, without the flight plans, without maintaining radio communication.

On June 10, NATO air policing crews intercepted an Antonov An-26 flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad with its onboard transponder off, according to a pre-filed flight plan, maintaining radio communication.

On June 10 NATO, fighter jets intercepted one Antonov An-12 flying from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia without using its onboard transponder, according to a pre-filed flight plan, maintaining radio communication with the regional air traffic control center.

On June 11, NATO fighter aircraft intercepted an Ilyushin IL-20 flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea from Kaliningrad, with its onboard transponder off, without the flight plan, without keeping radio contact.

NATO's air policing mission is conducted from Šiauliai, Lithuania and Ämari in Estonia.

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