March 18, 2015

NATO Intercepts 11 Russian Jets as War Games Continue

NATO figthers have intercepted the largest group of Russian military jets near allied airspace this year, in the early hours of this morning, as Russia continues its snap military exercises in the Baltic, Arctic and elsewhere.

NATO figthers have intercepted the largest group of Russian military jets near allied airspace this year, in the early hours of this morning, as Russia continues its snap military exercises in the Baltic, Arctic and elsewhere.

According to Baltic security expert Martin Hurt, some of the intercepted Russian jets were likely part of the Russian exercises in the region, however their unannounced flights near allied airspace have strategic purpose.

“While doing this, Russian authorities obviously track the behaviour of NATO and other nations’ air forces,” says Hurt, who has previously worked for the Swedish and Estonian defence ministries.

“This is, I am afraid to say, likely to continue and in the long run, NATO should consider whether the current level of military presence in the Baltic states is sufficient,” Hurt warns.
Read more: Newsweek

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