Su-27 Drives NATO F-16 Away From Russian Defense Minister's Plane in Baltic Sky

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A Su-27 drove NATO's F-16 away from the Russian defense minister's plane in the Baltic airspace.

KALININGRAD (Sputnik) — The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) F-16 supersonic multirole fighter attempted to get close to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu's plane over neutral Baltic waters but was chased away by a Russian jet, a Sputnik correspondent reported Wednesday.

Shoigu was en route to the westernmost Russian city of Kaliningrad when the F-16 attempted to make an approach.

Russia's Sukhoi Su-27 fighter, one of the aircraft escorting Shoigu's plane, then displayed its weapons, prompting the F-16 to retreat.

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