"NATO Baltic Air Policing QRA ESP Typhoon jest on 23 JAN scrambled to intercept RU Armed Forces Il-20 over the Baltic Sea," Latvian National Armed Forces (NBS) said via a post on Twitter.
NATO Baltic Air Policing QRA ESP Typhoon jets on 23 JAN scrambled to intercept RU Armed Forces Il-20 over the Baltic Sea.— NBS (@Latvijas_armija) 23 января 2015
Also, about 600 US servicemen had arrived in the region in late April to participate in a series of drills and maneuvers.
In December 2014, NBS had identified several Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea just outside Latvian territorial waters. According to NBS, from January 2014 until September 1, 2014, Russian ships and aircraft approached Latvian border 173 times.