Russia has been called out several times for flying over the Baltic Sea but it seems the country has never learned a thing. According to reports, NATO fighters have scrambled to intercept Russian air force drills almost 20 times in a week. Are these signs of the next world war?
Lithuania’s Ministry of Defense announced last Monday that NATO fighters jets needed to scramble 20 times in a week thanks to Russian air force drills in the Baltic Sea. These included the incident reported in the previous week about several supersonic Su-27 fighter jets including Ilyushin and Antonov military planes.
NATO Afraid Of Russia?
According to Newsweek, the aircrafts did not turn on their transponders or established communication with traffic control. This also meant that they flew without filing a coordinated flight plan. Nonetheless, NATO was able to intercept and indentify all the Russian aircraft before they violated allied airspace.
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Many nations have complained about Russia’s propensity to violate airspaces including Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian airspace. Nonetheless, Moscow refused to admit it has committed violations.
Despite such conflict, it appears NATO still wants to try and sort things out with Russia. According to reports, NATO wants to bet on strong defense, deterrence but also dialogue with Russia.
“We have to combine the idea of strength, deterrence, defense and dialogue. For me, there is no contradiction between strong defense and a political dialogue,” RT quoted NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg. The alliance chief spoke before a a roundtable in Passau, Bavaria also attended by European Council President Donald Tusk and European Parliament President Martin Schulz.
“It is very important at the same time to avoid a new Cold War. We do not want a new arms race.”
Nonetheless, Stoltenberg also clarified that he was not unduly alarmed by the deployment because it appears that it is a general trend that has been witnessed several times already.
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