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Russian Spy Plane Violates Estonian Airspace, Intercepted by NATO Jets

Just days after reports of a Russian submarine being sighted in Swedish waters, Estonia today accused a Russian spy plane of violating its airspace before it was intercepted by NATO jets.

According to the BBC, the spy plane took off from Russia’s Kaliningrad region, a small territory between Poland and Lithuania geographically isolated from the rest of the country, and initially approached first Denmark and then Sweden before being intercepted by jets from each respective country. It then entered Estonian airspace, only to be escorted out by Portuguese NATO F16s shortly thereafter.

Russia has denied the airspace violation occurred, maintaining the flight was part of a routine training exercise that stayed over “neutral waters.”

The news comes one month after armed Russian officers allegedly entered Estonia and abducted a member of the country’s security services. 

Nat Brown is a deputy web editor at Foreign Affairs and a former deputy managing editor of National Review Online.

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