Russian jet chases North Atlantic Treaty Organisation plane away from defense minister's aircraft

  • Russian jet chases North Atlantic Treaty Organisation plane away from defense minister's aircraft

Russian jet chases North Atlantic Treaty Organisation plane away from defense minister's aircraft

On Tuesday, the Russian military reported that a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation jet snuck up to the defence minister's airliner over neutral waters in the Baltic Sea as he and other defence staff made their way to Moscow from Russia's Kaliningrad region. The Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was on his way back from a working trip to Kaliningrad exclave, where he visited the Sea International Landing Army International Games contest at the Khmelevka training ground.

The report said Shoigu's plane was also carrying a TASS reporter at the time. Shoigu was going to Moscow from Kaliningrad, accompanied by two fighter aircraft of the Baltic Fleet. Since May, the jet has been at the air base in Lithuania for duty in the Baltic Sea region. "Once identification of the aircraft had taken place, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation jets returned to base", the spokesman said, adding that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation had no information as to who was on board. Moments later, it swerves to the left as it's chased away by the Sukhoi. The Russian Su-27 carries a pair of R-27 and R-73 AAMs, although the exact type and number of missiles is not clear in the footage (as the aircraft turns away from the camera).

At the time, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation denied its fighter had been chased away, saying it had been sent to track a fleet of Russian planes that failed to identify themselves. It said the fighter crew had no knowledge of the passengers on board.