Belgian Air Force fighters serving NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission since Sept. 3 were scrambled for the first time on Tuesday, the Belgian Air Force announced.
Two Belgian F-16 fighter jets intercepted two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers and two Sukhoi Su-27 over the Baltic Sea, the Belgian Air Force wrote on Twitter.
The Belgian air detachment is based out of Lithuania's Šiauliai Air Base.
The Russian Ministry of Defence said a few hours later that in addition to the British fighters, the Russian aircraft were also followed by aircraft of the Danish, Polish, Finnish and Swedish air forces.
Editor: Aili Vahtla