The fighters that had accompanied the aircraft Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu over the Baltic sea, belonged to the Polish air force, whose leadership claims that the F-16s rose to intercept after the alarm.
About it reports on Thursday, June 22, news Agency RIA Novosti.
The incident in question occurred last Wednesday when the plane Shoigu headed to Kaliningrad region. Board the Minister followed with an escort of fighters of naval aviation su-27. One of the planes PATO tried to approach the Board Shoigu, but between him and the Russian airliner got up the su-27. Fighter «showed» pilots of F-16 their weapons, shaking the wings, after which he flew away.
That fighter was Polish, first reported by radio station RMF FM, and later these data confirmed under the operational command of the armed forces of Poland.
On the eve of NATO confirmed the interception of Russian aircraft, noting that he did not know who was on Board the ship: «It’s standard procedure, all our pilots behave in a safe and responsible manner.»
The Alliance, in turn, accused the leadership of the Russian Federation in the increased flights, the air force over the Baltic sea last week, but claims by the pilots were not made.
«We evaluate the behavior of the Russian pilots as a safe and professional,» – said the representative of NATO.
RIA Novosti reminds that a similar incident occurred at the end of March last year, when fighters Eurofighter was accompanied by Board Shoigu, who was in Kaliningrad oblast.