MOSCOW, January 30 (Sputnik) — NATO fighter jets have been deployed to intercept a Russian refueling aircraft over the Baltic Sea, Latvian military officials announced on Friday.
NATO Baltic Air Policing QRA ITA Typhoon jets on 30 JAN scrambled to intercept RU Armed Forces Il-78 over the Baltic Sea.— NBS (@Latvijas_armija) January 30, 2015
The Russian Defense Ministry has not commented on the incident.
"Flying any military aircraft in or close to the sovereign airspace of another country signals displeasure or at worst aggression," defense watchdog Royal United Services Institute spokeswoman Elizabeth Quintana was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
Russia's ambassador to Britain, Aleksandr Yakovenko then said that Russian Air Force flights over the English Channel complied with international law and cannot be considered threatening or destabilizing.