Estonian US F-15 jets were scrambled late last week to intercept Russian jets in the Baltic states, NATO confirmed.
On February 4, NATO Allied Air Force Command revealed the previous day’s interception incident as tensions between US-led Brock and Russia continued.
“The US F-15E scrambled and intercepted Russian fighters operating near the Allied airspace of the Baltic Sea, while Norwegian and British aircraft on Thursday, February 3, 2022. Intercepted a Russian aircraft flying from Valentz to the North Sea. “NATO Said in a message On that website.
NATO’s Air Operations Center then “ordered the enhanced air police force at the Amari Air Force Base in Estonia to scramble” to investigate and respond to “unknown aircraft near the Baltic region.”
At least five Russian aircraft were involved in the incident, according to a NATO statement.
“The US F-15 aircraft has not submitted a flight plan and has clearly identified two Russian Su-35s and two MiG-31s that are not communicating with air traffic control,” NATO said. Added. “During the interception, it was confirmed that these fighters were escorting Russian TU-154 transport planes. Russian aircraft never invaded Allied airspace, and all interactions were It was safe and professional. “
The incident occurs days after the Biden administration sent additional air deployments to NATO’s major Estonian bases.
According to the report, six US F-15 jets landed at an air force base in Estonia on February 2, and were deployed for more than a week. Reuters News agency.
Meanwhile, US troops and equipment landed near the Ukrainian border in southeastern Poland on February 6, after Biden ordered the deployment of 1,700 soldiers amid fear of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Hundreds of infantry units of the 82nd Airborne Division are still expected to arrive at Rzeszow-Jashionka Airport.
The US Army’s Boeing C-17 Globemaster aircraft carried dozens of troops and vehicles. Their commander was Maj. Gen. Christopher Donahue, the last American soldier to leave Afghanistan on August 30, following a widely criticized evacuation strategy as Taliban fighters swiftly hijacked the country and its capital, Kabul. did.
And on Sunday, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan claimed that Russia could invade Ukraine “at any time,” but he provided little evidence of the claim.
“It may happen soon tomorrow, and it may still take a few weeks,” he told ABC. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.