Two Russian planes flew over NATO ships this week in the Baltic Sea
An incident occurred on Tuesday morning: two Russian fighter jets flew over NATO ships cruising in the Baltic Sea for a routine operation.
The two aircraft approached until “an altitude of 300 feet (91 meters) and a distance of 80 yards (73 meters)” without their pilots responding to communications, said the naval command of the Atlantic Alliance.
“NATO deemed the interaction unsafe and unprofessional because it was conducted in a known danger area, which was activated for air defense training, and because of the altitude and proximity of the airplanes »according to a press release. “The interaction increased the risk of miscalculations, errors and accidents. »
The statement said NATO forces have “acted responsibly” to this incident, in accordance with maritime regulations.
“NATO will respond appropriately to any interference with [son] lawful activity in the area that endangers the safety of our aircraft, vessels or their crews. NATO does not seek confrontation and poses no threat.he continued.
NATO has increased its naval presence in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea since the explosions in September in the Russia-Europe gas pipelines which, according to a Swedish investigation on Friday, were due to acts of sabotage.
NATO’s Baltic Sea Force comprising Dutch, Norwegian and Danish ships has conducted operations to increase cooperation with Finland and Sweden, which are on track to join the alliance. The decision of the two Nordic neighbors to abandon their longstanding policy of non-alignment and join NATO has angered the Kremlin.