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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Two Russian Su-24 bombers performed a planned flight over neutrals waters of the Baltic Sea on Thursday, and they did not enter the airspace of foreign countries, the Russian Defence Ministry said.

    "On 8 July, two Su-24 aircraft of the Baltic Fleet's naval aviation performed a scheduled training flight in the airspace over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea", the ministry said, adding that the aircraft did not enter the airspace of other countries.

    The statement was issued after the media reported on Tuesday that Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's briefing at a NATO base in the northern Lithuanian city of Siauliai was cut short due to an urgent take-off of two NATO aircraft.

    An U.S. Navy picture shows what appears to be a Russian Sukhoi SU-24 attack aircraft flying over the U.S. guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea in this picture taken April 12, 2016 and released April 13, 2016
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    An U.S. Navy picture shows what appears to be a Russian Sukhoi SU-24 attack aircraft flying over the U.S. guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea in this picture taken April 12, 2016 and released April 13, 2016

    The reports suggested the reason for such urgency was the appearance of an unidentified Russian plane over the Baltic Sea.

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