NATO fighter approached the plane of the Minister of Defense of Russia: the Kremlin is outraged
On August 13, an F-18 NATO fighter approached a Russian plane over the Baltic Sea, on board of which was Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu, but after the Russian Su-27 began to move in its direction, it changed its course. The Alliance said that such actions were taken to identify the aircraft. Writes about it RBC.
The incident occurred when the plane of the Minister of Defense of Russia was over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea. Shoigu returned to Moscow from Kaliningrad, his ship was accompanied by two Russian Su-27 fighters.
During the flight, the foreign F-18 fighter approached the minister’s plane, but when the Russian fighter started moving in his direction, he changed course and flew away.
We are talking about the Spanish F / A-18 Hornet, which are part of the NATO "air police" mission, deployed from 1 May to 31 August in Lithuanian Šiauliai.
NATO said that the alliance did not know who was on board the aircraft. The Spanish fighter carried out reconnaissance and identified the liner, after which it immediately flew away.
“The jet planes of the NATO Baltic Police Air Mission took off to identify the plane that was flying near Allied airspace. After identifying the aircraft, NATO fighters returned to base. NATO has no information about who was on board, ”said the headquarters of the alliance, writes Interfax.
The Ministry of Defense of Spain did not comment in detail on this incident, but noted that they are closely monitoring the activities of Spanish aircraft, which perform surveillance functions over the Baltic.
“We have all the data [regarding this incident], but it was a NATO maneuver, it is there that they should comment on it,” the Spanish ministry said in a statement.
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The leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, commented on this situation and suggested shooting down foreign planes that were approaching the Russians. Writes about it Economy Today.
“If foreign military aircraft approach the Russian side, they must be shot down! We cannot put our senior leaders at risk. We will shoot down once - they will never approach again, ”Zhirinovsky said.
In Siauliai, Spain currently has five F-18 fighters and a contingent of 140 military. Also at this Lithuanian base are the Hungarian Air Force planes.
Russian planes regularly fly over the neutral waters of many water areas, including over the Baltic Sea.
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