NATO explains rapprochement to Shoigu’s plane
The pilot did not know who was on board the Russian aircraft.
The EF-18 fighter approached the plane with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on board to identify the aircraft, as it “flew close to the airspace of the alliance,” TASS reports citing the NATO press service. Having done so, the fighter returned to its base in Lithuania.
Planes from the NATO air police mission in the Baltic approached to identify an airplane that was flying close to the alliance’s airspace, NATO explained.
The alliance added that they did not know who was on board the Russian aircraft.
Earlier, the news agency said that those accompanying Shoigu Su-27 prevented the rapprochement of the EF-18 and the plane of the head of the Ministry of Defense, who was on his way back to Moscow from a visit to Kaliningrad.