Again a “close encounter” between airplanes of NATO and Russia

Fighting airplanes “typhoon” that belong to the British Air Force have encountered Russian airplanes in the airspace above Estonia twice in 24 hours, said on 27th June english newspaper “The Sun”. It is only one in a series of similar incidents that have occurred since the tension between Moscow and Washington has increased. The British “typhoons” that flew from the air base close to Estonia’s capital Tallinn, first encountered a Russian transport plane “AN-12”. English pilots were then ordered to identify the plane and to direct their radars to it. The following day, British hunters encountered three Russian planes above Estonia, an IL-22 transporter and two SU-27s. They flew from the northwestern part of Russia to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. “Typhoon” did in accordance with NATO procedures, direct their radars to these planes, after which control over them was taken over by two SAAB Gripen aircraft of the Swedish Air Force.

What is more, the English warplanes are engaged in an operation called “AZOTISE” like a support to NATO’s “air policy” mission over the Baltic. Their task is to patrol the airspace over Estonia to contribute to the security of other allies in NATO and those countries. This assignment, which the English “RAF” took on May 3, is due to the fact that Estonia does not have its own air force and hunting planes. Russia abuses it and, as it stands out in the text of “The Sun”, sends its planes into the airspace above Estonia to test the speed of NATO pilot response and to disturb the Estonian residents. “The Sun`s” article also says that the British Army has been hired in Estonia in another way, with 800 English soldiers participating as the nation’s leading force in NATO’s fighting group stationed in Estonia and Poland under operation “Forward Presence “. In addition, nearly 2,000 members of the United Kingdom’s armed forces are part of a joint unit of the Western Alliance that oversees the Baltic sea.

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