• The air force General criticized the Russian An-26 aircraft NATO

  • General air force Colonel Nikolai Antoshkin called a violation of the maintenance of the Russian aircraft An-26 by NATO fighters, on 24 October, over the Baltic sea. On Wednesday, November 2, announced the "national news service" (NSN).

    "It is unclear why they perform such maneuvers. To determine the type of aircraft you can and at a great distance from the earth using radars, locators. As a rule, to accompany the aircraft need only a potential danger, and the military transport aircraft An-26 is no threat can not create", — said the General.

    Antoshkin said that Russian planes have right to fly in international airspace, without violating the sovereignty of other States.

    Earlier on 2 November, the Ministry of defense of Lithuania reported, on 24 October, the NATO fighters from part of the Baltic air patrol once up in international airspace to accompany the An-26. The Russian defense Ministry responded to the message, stressing that the aircraft was flying according to a previously provided flight plan, with the inclusion of a transponder and liaised with managers, reports RIA Novosti.

    In June there were two similar incidents. June 16, was identified and escorted flying on the submitted plan in the Kaliningrad oblast transport aircraft Tu-134 with the included transponder. 14 June NATO fighters escorted transport aircraft an-26 and two su-27 fighter flying from Kaliningrad region.

    The Baltic air patrol was created in the spring of 2004, the duty system of the air forces of NATO countries over the territory of the Baltic States. Because of the lack of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are suitable to perform such service combat aircraft cover air borders of these countries are on duty fighters of the NATO countries sent there on a rotational basis.


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