At least four reconnaissance and patrol aircraft as well as aircraft of distant radar-tracking detection AWACS NATO carried out tasks near the Russian borders in the Baltic sea as part of exercise Baltops 2016, which take place in Finland. About it reports “Interfax” with reference to data portals that track the movement of military aviation.
According to their information, over the Baltic and Poland was involved the aircraft of naval intelligence, the U.S. air force P8 Poseidon patrol and anti-submarine aircraft P-3 Orion of the U.S. Navy. The exercise was attended by two aircraft E-3A Sentry AWACS, NATO used. According to the portal, they were accompanied by tanker aircraft KC-135.
In addition, according to the portals, strategic bomber, US-52N, which was transferred to the UK to participate in NATO exercises, flew in the Eastern part of the Mediterranean sea. About the purpose of the flight is unknown.
Earlier in the day aviation portals reported that the patrol anti-submarine aircraft of the US Navy P-8 Poseidon flew from the airbase in Germany to Russian borders in the Baltic sea.
NATO exercise in Finland, which is not included in the Alliance, began on Monday, June 6. They will last three days. Take part in them 6,1 thousand soldiers from 17 countries, 49 ships, 60 aircraft and three submarines. The foreign Minister said that the aim of the exercise is to strengthen the country’s defense.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov in conversation with his colleague noted that threats to justify the militarization of the Baltic sea region, no.