British fighters rose into the air because of the «Russian aircraft»

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Codecoverage in Photobacterium fighter Typhoon FGR 4. Archival photoBritish fighters rose into the air because of the «Russian aircraft»© RIA Novosti / Alexei Codiscovered the image Bank

Fighters RAF Typhoon took to the air c Lossiemouth airbase in Scotland due to the received signal, presumably on Russian planes. This was told in the defense Ministry of the country.

«The aircraft departed this morning’s operation in real time, therefore, we will not be able to provide additional information before the completion of the mission», — told RIA Novosti the representative of the press service of the Ministry.

Belgian F-16

According to media reports, the Belgian air force also flew out to accompany the «Russian aircraft». Edition Soir, citing an unnamed military source reported that for their support over the North sea rose two F-16 aircraft. Official confirmation of this information has not followed.

Belgium last week is responsible for the safety of the airspace of the Benelux countries. This mission she performs alternately with the Dutch air force. As notes the edition, the operational procedure of the reaction involves the departure in a few minutes the two F-16 in the case of the not identified aircraft or aircraft, which lost contact on the radio.

Not the first time

Britain is adopting a similar practice for the first time. Several times a year, fighters of the air forces of the United Kingdom fly to escort Russian military aircraft approaching its borders.

In addition, the British military has repeatedly accompanied by Russian ships. So, January 8 to this end, in the English channel sent a patrol ship Westminster.
In late December, there sailed the ship Tyne to escort the Russian ship, which, according to the British side, could gather intelligence information.

Two days later the British frigate St. Albans escorted the Russian ship «Admiral Gorshkov» when he was near British territorial waters in the North sea. Then the Minister of defence of the United Kingdom Gavin Williamson said that «not hesitate to defend British waters and will not tolerate any form of aggression.»

The Russian defense Ministry has repeatedly stressed that all Russian planes and ships move in strict accordance with international rules and do not violate the borders of other States.