Belgian Air Force intercepted Russian Su-27 Flanker fighter jet. The Belgian Air Force has reported that its F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet, which was deployed in the Baltics, had been scrambled to intercept Russian Su-27 Flanker aircraft.
The announcement did not mention how many Russian aircraft were escorted by Belgian fighters or where it occurred.
The Russian Armed Forces, in their turn, repeatedly report about foreign reconnaissance aircraft attempting to cross into the Russian airspace.
On November 22, Russian Su-24 frontline bombers hovered over two Belgian Navy frigates, performing maneuvers on the dangerously close distance.
The Belgian vessels were involved in NATO maritime drills at the time. Besides, a Russian submarine took up not far from one of the Belgian frigates; the Russian vessel did not take any aggressive actions, but the crew took photos of the Belgian ships.
“Yesterday, Belgian Air Force F-16, currently deployed in the Baltic Region to safeguard the integrity of NATO’s airspace, intercepted Russian Flanker fighter jets flying w/o flight plan. Our mission is to protect your security, It’s our mission to protect your security,” said in a statement.
Hier, les #F16s @beairforce, actuellement déployés dans la région de la Baltique afin de préserver l’intégrité de l’espace aérien @NATO, ont intercepté des avions de combat Flanker russes sans plan de vol. Protéger votre sécurité, c'est notre mission @BelgiumDefence, pic.twitter.com/76KFAj2nY2
— Belgian Air Force?? (@BeAirForce) November 29, 2018
On November 5, 2018, Russian Su-27 Performed An Unsafe Intercept On A U.S. EP-3E Aircraft. A Russian fighter jet intercepted a U.S. Navy plane in an “unsafe encounter” over the Black Sea, putting the plane’s pilot and crew at risk, the Navy said in a statement. The Navy posted a video of the incident on Monday.
Moscow has repeatedly said that its military aircraft always conduct their flights in accordance with international law and avoid illegally crossing other states’ borders.