25 July 2013, 04:11

NATO jets force down aircraft in Latvia

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A small private two-seater aircraft that briefly violated the airspace of the Russian Federation and then Lithuania earlier in the week, was forced down by NATO fighter jets in Latvia according to the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said.

Two Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jets were scrambled after the Cessna aircraft flew over Polish territory toward Gdansk Bay about 50 kilometers away from the Russian border and after visual contact with the Russian Su-27 fighters, the trespasser turned around and flew toward Lithuania.

Afterwards, flying from the direction of Kaliningrad, it entered the airspace of Lithuania over the sea.

The Lithuanian Defense Ministry said that the small plane was registered in Italy and was en route from Poland to Norway.

The ministry added that the aircraft did not have a permission to enter Lithuanian territory and was forced to land at Latvia's Ventspils airport by NATO fighter jets, which were patrolling the airspace of the Baltic States.

Voice of Russia, RIA

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