Russia has once again shown its muscles in the Baltic region.
"Fighters of the Baltic Air Policing took off to intercept Russian military aircrafts – four Flankers, two Curls ("An-26"), and one Cub ("AN-12")," – report the National Armed Forces of Latvia on its Twitter.
It is not the first time NATO aircrafts have to intercept Russian military aircrafts over the Baltics. According to the Alliance, NATO aircrafts had to take off three times more than the previous year to intercept the Russian aircrafts.
Russia Air Forces also began to conduct more frequent military exercises. On March 16, Russia put the Northern Fleet on full alert as part of a "sudden readiness check."
NATO Baltic Air Policing QRA ITA, ESP Typhoon jets on 17 MAR scrambled to intercept RU AF 4x Su-27, 2x An-26, 1x An-12 over the Baltic Sea.— NBS (@Latvijas_armija) 18 Март 2015
The training involves 38,000 troops, 3,360 pieces of military equipment, 41 ships, 15 submarines, 110 aircraft and helicopters.Source: ZN.UA