Danish Armed Forces fighters intercepted two Russian bombers early Monday morning that were approaching the airspace of the area, which would already be NATO territory. The alert, which does not have to imply any direct threat against national sovereignty, was activated at 7:19 a.m., according to a statement from the Dutch Air Force, which has also deployed its own F-16s. The Russian planes did not reach Dutch territory.
Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium have alternately assumed surveillance of the entire area, which is in turn the gateway to NATO territory, since the three countries are part of the Atlantic Alliance.
The British Ministry of Defense has reported in a statement that the Royal Air Force has activated several combat aircraft from Lossiemouth that have intercepted two “long-range” Russian bombers that were flying north of the Scottish islands of Shetland, in NATO-controlled airspace at a time of high tension between the European Union and Russia, due to the invasion of Ukraine. An alert that is added to that of the Russian bombers in the NATO area, previously mentioned.
Specifically, it was about two Russian Tu-142 Bear-F and Tu-142 bombers, which are used for aerial reconnaissance, which have set off NATO alarms. British Defense has also deployed a resupply tanker during the operation to allow the Typhoon-type fighters to remain airborne.
“Royal Air Force crews at Lossiemouth maintain a constant watch over UK airspace and are always ready to act at any time to keep our country safe,” Armed Forces Secretary James Heappey said.
A Russian Northern Fleet fighter took flight this Monday to intercept a Norwegian plane that was flying over neutral waters of the Barents Sea, in the Arctic Ocean, in the direction of the Russian border.
“The crew of the Russian fighter jet identified the air target as a Norwegian Air Force R-8A Poseidon base patrol aircraft,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. The Ministry has detailed that the Norwegian plane turned from the Russian border when it sighted the Northern Fleet fighter. “The flight was carried out in strict accordance with international standards,” the Ministry added.
This occurs shortly after the Danish Armed Forces have deployed fighters early this Monday with the aim of intercepting two Russian bombers that were approaching the airspace of the area, which would already be NATO territory.
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