Two Russian TU-160 strategic missile carriers flew over the Baltic Sea on Wednesday evening, escorted by foreign aircraft from Denmark, Italy, Germany, Poland and Sweden, the Russian Defence Ministry said.
"Two strategic missile carriers Tu-160 of the Aerospace Forces performed a planned flight in airspace over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea", the statement says.
The alleged footage from the scene has been shared online.
Two Tu-160 strategic missile carriers flew over the Baltic sea. pic.twitter.com/5Tp2HLMA7d— Massimo Frantarelli (@MrPrismakov) September 16, 2020
It is noted that Russian aircraft accompanied the Su-35 of the Russian Aerospace Forces, as well as F-16 fighters of the Danish Air Force and of the Polish Air Force, F-18s of the Finnish Air Force and Saab JAS 39 Gripen of the Swedish Air Force at certain stages of the route. The flight duration was over eight hours.
Earlier on Tuesday, Russian fighter jet Su-27 was scrambled to intercept a US Air Force patrol plane over the Baltic Sea. No violations of the Russian border were allowed, the Russian Defence Ministry's National Defence Control Centre (NDCC) added.