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2214, 21 Oct 14

NATO Scrambles Jets to Intercept Russians

The Russians are continuing to flex their muscle. After the inaction of NATO after their invasion of Ukraine, who can blame them?

HELSINKI (AP) — NATO scrambled fighter jets twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, it said Tuesday amid reports that Russian military activity in the region is increasing.

Lt. Col. Robert Gericke said the Russian aircraft were flying in international airspace and had not violated the territory of alliance members.

Two Canadian F-18 Hornet jets were scrambled from the Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania on Monday to intercept a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft, which they shadowed for some 15 minutes, NATO said.


2214, 21 October 2014

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