May 12, 2016 / 5:12 PM / in 2 years

Britain says fighters intercept Russian aircraft approaching Baltic states

LONDON (Reuters) - British Typhoon fighter jets have intercepted three Russian military transport aircraft approaching the Baltic States, the defense ministry said on Thursday.

A Russian An26 Curl aircraft is shadowed by a RAF Typhoon (R). MoD/Crown Copyright/Handout via REUTERS

The British fighters, scrambled from the Amari air base in Estonia, intercepted the Russian aircraft, which were not transmitting a recognized identification code and were unresponsive, the ministry said.

“We were able to instantly respond to this act of Russian aggression - demonstration of our commitment to NATO’s collective defense,” Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said in a statement.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Andrew Roche

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