Kremlin claims it intercepted ‘spy jets’ headed for Russian airspace

Kremlin claims it intercepted ‘spy jets’ headed for Russian airspace as video shows Russian fighter jet escorting USAF and Swedish aircraft over Baltic Sea

  • Russian Su-27 fighter jet was scrambled to intercept the planes on Monday
  • Kremlin said USAF and Swedish reconnaissance planes were escorted away
  • Aircraft were in neutral airspace but Kremlin said they were too close to border
  • NATO’s Baltops drills are taking place over the Baltic Sea until June 21 

The Kremlin has shared footage of a Russian Su-27 fighter jet appearing to intercept US and Swedish aircraft over the Baltic Sea.

The NATO ‘spy jets’ were escorted away from the Russian border on Monday by the fighter jet, the state-owned TASS news agency reported.

The Russian defence ministry confirmed on Tuesday that they had been met in neutral airspace to prevent a breach of Russian airspace.

Video released by the Russian ministry of defence appears to show the smaller twin-engined Gulfstream jet of the Swedish Air Force

Video footage released by the Russian ministry of defence showed the view from the cockpit of the Su-27 fighter jet as it reportedly intercepted the NATO spy planes on Monday

A cockpit view from the Russian fighter appears to show a large bodied Boeing RC-135 jet

The Russian defence ministry stated: ‘In order to intercept the targets, a Su-27 fighter of Russian Baltic Fleet’s Air Defence on-duty forces took off.

‘It approached the air objects at a safe distance and identified them as a US Air Force’s RC-135 and a Swedish Air Force’s Gulfstream reconnaissance aircraft.

‘The Su-27 pilot reported on the identification of foreign reconnaissance aircraft and accompanied them, preventing violations of the Russian airspace borders in compliance with all necessary security measures.

The Su-27 can be seen following in the vapour trail left by one of the other jets

Stock photo of a USAF Boeing RC-135 – the large bodied reconnaissance plane was escorted away from the Russian border on Monday

Stock image of an Su-27 in airshow colours – the fighter jet reportedly intercepted two NATO reconnaissance planes on Monday

‘The flight of the Russian Su-27 was carried out strictly in accordance with international rules for the use of airspace.’

NATO’s Baltops drills are being held until June 21 in the south of the Baltic, involving around 40 naval vessels and 40 planes, from 18 countries.

The USAF Boeing RC-135 and Swedish Gulfstream jets are both large bodied reconnaissance aircraft.

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