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UK jets in Estonia scrambled to intercept Russian planes

In this image released by the British Royal Air Force and taken on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, a Royal Air Force Typhoon from No. 11 Squadron (RAF Coningsby), currently based out of Amari Air Base, Estonia as part of 121 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) intercepts a Russian SU-27, in Estonia. Britain’s defense ministry says Royal Air Force jets deployed in Estonia have been scrambled twice in a single day to intercept Russian aircraft. The ministry says that the missions brought the number of incidents involving Russian planes to 11 since taking over the Baltic Air Policing mission in May. (Royal Air Force via AP)

LONDON — Britain’s defense ministry says Royal Air Force jets deployed in Estonia have been scrambled twice in a single day to intercept Russian aircraft.

The ministry said Wednesday that the missions brought the number of incidents involving Russian planes to 11 since taking over the Baltic Air Policing mission in May.

The RAF Typhoon fighters were launched to intercept Russian Su-27 fighter jets and military transport aircraft.

The ministry said the U.K. operates “in support of NATO to reassure our allies and is a further demonstration of the U.K.’s commitment to the security of the region.”

AP

June 26, 2019

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