Eurofighter Typhoon fighters of the Spanish Air Force approached the Russian aircraft to ensure safety and security in the airspace of the Baltic Sea. The Swedish and Finnish partners also joined this mission.
According to the Lithuanian government, the Spanish planes carried out the most sorties with eight surveillances between June 14 and 20.
Eurofighter Typhoon fighters of the Spanish Air Force at Lithuania’s Zokniai Air Base
A spokesman for the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said that two Russian military planes violated Lithuanian airspace over the Baltic Sea. According to the spokesman, the Russian planes were in Lithuanian airspace for about a minute.
Since the Baltic states do not have their own air forces, their airspace is protected by NATO allies.
Since 2004, NATO member planes have been deployed from Lithuania’s Zokniai airbase on a rotational basis.
Currently, the Spanish Air Force is stationed at Zokniai Air Base after receiving the transfer from the Italian Air Force. Since 2014, NATO has deployed a portion of its missions from the Amari airbase in Estonia.