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Italian jets stop Russian warplane over Baltic

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Italian jets stop Russian warplane over Baltic
Italian Air Force Eurofighter jets intercepted a Russian warplane flying close to Nato airspace over the Baltic sea. Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP
16:57 CET+01:00
Italian Air Force Eurofighter jets deployed to Siauliai, Lithuania, on Tuesday intercepted a Russian warplane flying close to Nato airspace over the Baltic sea, the Italian news agency Ansa reported.

The military jets are among four deployed at the base as part of a rotating Nato mission to boost defence of the Baltic states of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia as a result of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Ansa cited military sources although no further details were provided.

Tuesday’s interception comes five days after two Italian jets stopped another Russian warplane that threatened to violate Nato airspace.

The Italian Air Force took over the four-month mission on January 1st.

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