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    Dutch aircraft intercept Russian planes over Baltic Sea

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    The Dutch Defence Ministry has announced that F-35 fighters, based in Poland, were responsible for intercepting two Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

    On Thursday, the ministry declared that the Russian aircraft in question had been Il-20 surveillance planes, yet they did not mention when the occurrence had been.

    In mid-February, Dutch jets scrambled to intercept an Il-20M plane and two Su-27 fighters approaching Nato airspace.

    Since the start of the month, eight Dutch fighter jets have been based in Poland. Half of these are assigned to surveilling airspace belonging to Nato, and the other half is for training but can be utilized for regular missions too.


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