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US Air Force Intercepts Su-30s: Russian Defense Responds To Pentagon

While the US Air Force published a video of the interception of two Su-30s over the Baltic in December and last November, the Russian Ministry of Defense points out that Russian fighter flights were coordinated with air traffic control authorities and conducted in accordance with international rules.

The  flights of Russian fighters  Su-30SM November 23 and December 13, 2017 over the Baltic Sea was conducted in accordance with international rules on the use of airspace. In addition, their itinerary was coordinated with the air traffic control authorities, the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense announced on Saturday.

“On 23 November and 13 December 2017, Russian fighter crews Su-30SM conducted planned training flights over the international waters of the Baltic Sea. The route of Russian fighter flights was coordinated with the air traffic control authorities and was carried out in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace, without violating the borders of other states “, stresses the Ministry.

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The Russian Defense Ministry also confirmed that “during the flights, NATO F-15 aircraft approached Russian fighters at a safe distance, then they changed course and withdrew”. The Pentagon released a video on Friday showing how the United States Air Force has intercepted two Russian Su-30 fighters in international airspace “near the Baltic region” on 23 November and 13 December.

The US Air Force claimed, however, that the interception took place because the Russian aircraft “did not provide the codes required by the air traffic controllers and did not submit a flight plan”.

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