4 Russian fighter jets have reportedly been intercepted and compelled to return to base after they infringed on Polish air area. Aeronautica Militare introduced that the squadron took off from the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania, and flew an aggressive path which took them by Polish skies although the publish didn’t specify when the infringement occurred. The offending jets then continued over the Baltic Sea earlier than heading in the direction of Sweden. Italy shortly scrambled 4 Eurofighter Hurricane jets in response which took off from Poland’s Malbork air base and intercepted the Russian plane, ‘forcing’ them to return again to Kaliningrad.
The air pressure stated the Russian jets additionally infringed on Swedish air area, however this declare was denied by the Swedish Armed Forces’ press service which stated Putin’s plane had been merely over worldwide waters. Rome’s planes had been stationed in Poland as a part of NATO air policing mission this summer season. Poland is a long-time member of NATO having joined in 1999, whereas Sweden earlier this 12 months utilized for membership to the safety bloc alongside Nordic neighbour Finland. Italian jet fighters are presently stationed in Poland as a part of the Baltic Air Policing operation, which is an expression of the solidarity of NATO nations with Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, i.e. these nations of the Alliance that do not need their very own navy aviation. Kaliningrad is a Russian province which lies between Poland and Lithuania.