NATO put its air force on alert in response to the “dangerous” behavior of a Russian plane which on Wednesday approached a Polish plane while on patrol in the Black Sea for the European Union’s Frontex border protection agency.
“NATO Air Police detachments have been placed on alert in response to the dangerous behavior of a Russian military aircraft in the vicinity of a Polish Frontex aircraft over the Black Sea near Romania on Friday,” a NATO spokesperson told Europe Press.
He airplane Let L-410 was on patrol in international airspace in the Romanian deployment region on Friday when it was approached by a Sukhoi Su-35 Russian, the Polish border protection agency said yesterday.
The agency accused the Russian fighter jet to perform “aggressive and dangerous maneuvers”, approaching the Let on three occasions at a distance of only five meters. As a result, the crew temporarily lost control of the turboprop.
“More aggressive Russian air maneuvers over the Black Sea. This time against an unarmed Polish Frontex plane. No one was hurt. It happened yesterday, 60 kilometers from Romanian airspace. The Polish team acted with professionalism,” said the Romanian ambassador to NATO, Dan Neculaescu, on his Twitter profile.
The Polish government spokesman, Piotr Muller, told the private channel Polsat News that what happened was “a planned provocation by Russia.”
The incident was first reported by the Romanian authorities, who denounced the “aggressive” behavior of the Russian plane.
After these actions, two combat planes from the Romanian Air Force and two from the Spanish Air Force assigned to carry out aerial surveillance tasks traveled to the area, according to the news agency. ukrinform. Necualescu confirmed the mobilization of Romanian and Spanish air forces, although he did not specify the type of aircraft that responded to the incident.
According to Bucharest, the Polish plane, which was not armed, was monitoring “the migratory risk” and was about 60 km east of Romanian airspace, in international airspace.
The aircraft has been deployed in Romania from April 19 to May 17 for an operation organized by Bucharest and coordinated by Frontex, in which Spain and Sweden also participate.
In recent years, even before the start of the Ukrainian war in February 2022, Incidents between Russian planes and aircraft from NATO countries multiplied.
Most of them occurred in the Baltic Sea, but also in the Black Sea and elsewhere.
NATO delivered to Ukraine more than 98% of the promised combat vehicles
The general secretary of the NATO, Jens Stoltenbergstated at the end of April that the member states of the Alliance and partner countries have delivered to Ukraine “more than 98%” of combat vehicles that they had promised him to deal with the Russian invasion.
“NATO allies and partners have provided Ukraine with a unprecedented support. More than 98% of the combat vehicles promised to Ukraine have already been delivered,” he said. stoltenberg at a press conference with the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettlewith whom he met today in Brussels.
The Norwegian politician explained that the percentage translates into “more than 1,550 armored vehicles, 230 tanks and other equipment, including vast amounts of ammunition.”
(With information from Europa Press and AFP)
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