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Two NATO F-18 Jets Intercept Russian Planes Near Estonia Airspace

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Two NATO F-18 Jets Intercept Russian Planes Near Estonia Airspace

NATO jets were scrambled to intercept three Russian military aircraft, two MiG-31 jets and an AN-26 transport plane, near Estonian airspace on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

“Two Spanish F-18 jets assigned to NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission scrambled from Estonia’s Amari Air Base,” the alliance said, according to Reuters. “Finnish jets also scrambled to intercept the aircraft.”

The Hill added:

The incident came less than a day after Vice President Pence delivered a speech in Estonia, in which he warned that Russian aggression in the Baltic States would not be tolerated and reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to NATO’s mutual defense pledge.

“Under President Donald Trump, the United States of America rejects any attempt to use force, threats, intimidation, or malign influence in the Baltic states or against any of our treaty allies,” Pence said.

“To be clear, we hope for better days, for better relations with Russia, but recent diplomatic action taken by Moscow will not deter the commitment of the United States of America to our security, the security of our allies, and the security of freedom loving nations around the world,” he added.


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