The North-Atlantic Alliance said that he was not going to deliberately chase down the plane with Russian defense Minister on Board. The purpose of the aircraft of the Alliance was a staff – support aircraft that did not respond to queries. And who, exactly, was accompanied by NATO fighters, the Alliance is not aware of.
photo: Gennady Cherkasov
As reported by the official representative of the headquarters of NATO in Brussels, the NATO command was not informed about the presence of Russian defense Minister on Board one of the Russian planes intercepted by ulianovskii of the air force.
“Indeed, three Russian aircraft, including two fighters, were tracked and intercepted over Baltic sea on June 21. Since the aircraft did not identify themselves and did not respond to requests of air traffic control in the sky were raised fighters of the Alliance… we Do not have any information about who was on Board of Russian aircraft”, – he said.
“Our pilots were instructed to visually determine that the aircraft appeared on the screens of our radars,” – said the representative of the Alliance.
Earlier it was reported that while returning from a visiting session of the defence Ministry Board in Kaliningrad, to the Board of the Minister of defence of Russia Sergey Shoigu and the two accompanying fighters su-27 “attached” NATO fighter F-16. The defense Ministry reported that the incident occurred in the skies over neutral waters of the Baltic sea.
NATO fighter appeared in the field of view of the Russian pilots. The first time he was unable to complete the maneuver the Russian pilot of su-27 itself closer to a military aircraft of NATO and unequivocally demonstrated the weapons, thereby scaring the F-16. Later he returned to escort Russian planes, but kept at a distance.