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Four Russian fighter jets are intercepted after flying into Polish and Swedish air space 

Eurofighter Typhoon planes are pictured preparing for take off to intercept Russian planes which had breached Polish and Swedish airspace according to the Italian Air Force

Four Russian fighter jets are intercepted after flying into Polish and Swedish airspace

  • The jets took off from Kaliningrad and flew over Polish and Swedish airspace
  • The Italian Air Force dispatched four Eurofighter aircraft to intercept the offending aircraft
  • Russian jets were forced to return to Russian enclave, Air Force says
  • The Rome jets were stationed in Poland earlier this year as part of a NATO mission
  • A disturbing aerial confrontation has arisen as war continues to rage in eastern Ukraine

Four Russian fighter jets were intercepted and forced to return to base after breaching Polish and Swedish airspace earlier in the day, according to the Italian Air Force.

Aeronautica Militare said the squadron took off from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania, and followed an aggressive course that took them through Polish skies.

The offending jets then continued over the Baltic Sea before entering Swedish airspace.

Italy quickly dispatched four Eurofighter Typhoon jets in response, which took off from Poland’s Malbork air base and intercepted the Russian aircraft, “forcing” them back to Kaliningrad, the air force claimed.

Rome’s planes were stationed in Poland as part of NATO’s air policing mission this summer.

Poland is a longtime NATO member having joined in 1999, while Sweden earlier this year applied to join the security bloc alongside its Nordic neighbor Finland.

The disturbing exit of Russian warplanes comes as fighting continues to rage in eastern Ukraine, with Russian President Vladimir Putin making a series of nuclear threats against the West as his troops retreated in the face of the Ukrainian counter-offensives.

Eurofighter Typhoon planes are pictured preparing for take off to intercept Russian planes which had breached Polish and Swedish airspace according to the Italian Air Force

Eurofighter Typhoon planes are pictured preparing for take off to intercept Russian planes which had breached Polish and Swedish airspace according to the Italian Air Force

announced that the squadron had taken off from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad and said that Eurofighters had been sent to intercept them

The Italian Air Force announced the squadron had taken off from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad and said Eurofighters had been sent to intercept them.

Kaliningrad is a Russian province located between Poland and Lithuania.

Kaliningrad is a Russian province located between Poland and Lithuania.

Italian jet fighters are currently stationed in Poland as part of Operation Baltic Air Policing, which expresses the solidarity of NATO countries with Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, i.e. the Alliance countries that do not have their own military aviation.

Permanent air policing is a mandatory procedure, so in this case the task of guarding the skies is shared by NATO allies who take turns directing operations on three-month rotations.

Kaliningrad is a Russian province located between Poland and Lithuania.

It was founded in 1255 as Koenigsberg, capital of East Prussia and remained a German city for centuries until captured by Stalin’s Red Army in World War II.

The Soviet Union renamed the city Kaliningrad in 1946 and then expelled its German population, claiming the territory as its own.

The enclave is now home to almost a million Russians and is a heavily militarized region.

Earlier this year, Putin threatened to send nuclear weapons to Kaliningrad as Russian officials warned of “seriously negative consequences” on the Lithuanian population after the EU member state and of NATO has decided to prevent Moscow from sending EU-sanctioned goods to isolated Russia. territory.

Italian jet fighters are currently stationed in Poland as part of Operation Baltic Air Policing

Italian jet fighters are currently stationed in Poland as part of Operation Baltic Air Policing

Russia in August deployed several MiG-31-K fighter jets armed with hypersonic Kinzhal missiles - which can be fitted with nuclear warheads - to its European enclave of Kaliningrad

Russia in August deployed several MiG-31-K fighter jets armed with hypersonic Kinzhal missiles – which can be fitted with nuclear warheads – to its European enclave of Kaliningrad

It is unclear what type of Russian aircraft prompted the Eurofighters to intervene earlier in the day, but the Moscow Defense Ministry announced in August that several MiG-31 fighter jets were sent to Kaliningrad.

Specially modified MiG-31K variants can carry hypersonic Kinzhal or “Dagger” missiles, which can be armed with nuclear warheads and fly at 12 times the speed of sound.

Kaliningrad’s location put it at the forefront of Moscow’s efforts to counter what it described as NATO’s hostile policy.

The Kremlin has methodically built up its military forces there, arming them with state-of-the-art weaponry, including precision-guided Iskander missiles and an array of air defense systems.

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