During the period between August 5-11, NATO air patrol aircraft detected and escorted Russian aircraft nine times over the Baltics, reports Radio Liberty.
According to the Lithuanian Defense Ministry, in most cases, Russian warplanes crossed into the in the country's airspace with transponders turned off. It was only on August 6 that a Russian warplane flew into Lithuanian airspace over the Baltic sea because of the "bad weather conditions," notes Lithuanian Defense Ministry.
The Russian side did not provide the reasons for its military aircraft entering the Lithuanian airspace. NATO forces conduct air patrol mission over the Baltic State out of air bases in Lithuania and Estonia.