Sukhoi Su-34 jet fighter performs during the international air show MAKS-2007 in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, August 23, 2007. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov (RUSSIA) - RTR1T158

The NATO military alliance represented by the Belgian Air Force published two photos of Russian Su-34 and Su-24 supersonic fighters  on its official Twitter account, followed by a caption that during its one month of patrolling Baltic airspace the alliance conducted 109 flights and performed 8 interceptions, including the encounter with the Russian fighter jets.

The black and white photos of the Su-34 and Su-24 were apparently taken from the lens of a thermal imager, however, the purpose of the detection of the planes from a bordering country was not explained by the alliance.

The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation has not yet commented on the incident.

On 17 September, the Belgian Air Force also claimed to intercept Russian Tu-160 and Su-27 fighters over the Baltic Sea, which is enclosed by Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and some other neighbouring states.

NATO planes have been patrolling Baltic airspace since Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined NATO in 2004, as the states were not equipped with their own airplanes suitable for air patrolling.

 

Source: Sputnik

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So! What country doesn’t push the edge? Testing, testing, testing.

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Marg bar jomhuri Eslami

Pushing what? This is normal air-policing procedures, read ICAO regulations.
There is no incident at all. Look at many Russian pics/footages of NATO aircraft out of Russian airspace, e.g. 70km from Sevastopol, when Flankers trolled a P-8 and were close to provoke a collision.

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At least NATO acts professional, not doing stupid provocations like doing aerobatics around other aircraft, risking an aerial catastrophe.

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Marg bar jomhuri Eslami

And I won’t even speak about some cases like Korean Air Flight 007, as this was the Soviets : you don’t shoot down a 747 in the ICAO regulations, even if it violates your airspace : you force it to land, and believe me, when you’re airline pilot and…

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Marg bar jomhuri Eslami

…a jet-fighter appears on your left doing the manoeuvres ordering you to follow, you comply, you know that his wingman is in your 6, ready to shoot you down. That is the normal ICAO procedure.

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Marg bar jomhuri Eslami

These are normal air-policing procedures approved by the ICAO and thus enforced even by any nation on Earth with an air-force : as soon an aerial object approaches your airspace without transponder, flight plan and no contact with ATC, you send a jet-fighter to take a look.

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Marg bar jomhuri Eslami

The 3 Baltic states are too small to fund real air-forces, being EU+NATO members, some EU or NATO jet-fighters are permanently deployed since 2004
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltic_Air_Policing

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Before the start of the air-policing, VKS used to violate the 3 Baltic states airspace more than a dozen times a day. If NATO was violating Kaliningrad airspace 12 times a day, Putin would be furious, wouldn’t he?

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I sugest Russian air forces,that install selfdefence systems and jamming pods for enemies rockets.God bless you Russia

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Marg bar jomhuri Eslami

Such systems are installed as standards, and in this case, would have been 100% useless: this was a normal air-police procedure : aircraft w.o. transponder appear with no ATC contact, no flight plan approach your airspace, you send 2 jet-fighters to take a look at it. And there is no “God”