A German Lockheed P-3C CUP Orion maritime surveillance aircraft was detected near the maritime border of the Kaliningrad region, a western Russian exclave, the Twitter page Plane Radar reported. According to the page, the plane came as close as 32 kilometres from Kaliningrad's coastline before it changed course.
13:50 мск.— PlaneRadar (@ua4wiy_) May 24, 2019
Подлетал к береговой линии России на расстояние 32 км. pic.twitter.com/FUaJ3czVoN
The purpose of the flight remains unclear and neither Germany, nor Russia has commented on the report.
Flights by NATO reconnaissance aircraft near Russia’s borders and foreign military bases have become common place since relations between the Atlantic Alliance and Russia became strained in 2014. The Russian Defence Ministry has reported detecting and tracking over 1,000 reconnaissance planes throughout 2018.
Recently, a US Air Force RQ-4B-40 Global Hawk was spotted by aviation enthusiasts flying along Russia’s western border and near the Kaliningrad region on 15 May. The same American plane was also detected flying along the Crimean coastline on 7 May.