NATO is on Alert

Red Alert?

Red Alert?

The Polish Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak has been commenting on Russian air force operations over Europe and he claims that NATO is watchful and is engaging in appropriate measures. “Yesterday’s news shows that NATO is alert, our system is working and we have noted the intensification of activities. NATO will ask Russia for explanations as they exceeded all accepted norms for military activity,” said the Minister. The head of the Defence Ministry (MON) was present at a conference organised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the military hospital on Szaserów Street in Warsaw. Jay Jasen, spokesman for the alliance said that NATO aircraft were scrambled several times because of the unprecedented scale of Russian air force operations within European airspace. “Four air formations consisting of Tu-95 strategic bombers, MiG-31 fighters and other Russian military aircraft were active in airspace over the Baltic, the North Sea and the Black Sea as well as the Atlantic,” according to the spokesman. Russian units did not give their flight schedule nor did they make radio contact with civil air traffic authorities. NATO scrambled Norwegian, UK, Portuguese, German and Turkish aircraft. No accidents were recorded. Relations between NATO and Russia have been tense since the annexation of Crimea by Russia in March. According to the alliance only last week Russian aerial reconnaissance aircraft encroached on NATO airspace over Latvia.

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