Russian Su-27 pushes North Atlantic Treaty Organisation jet fighter from Defense Minister Shoigu's plane

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2019

The Defense Minister was returning to Moscow after a working visit to Kaliningrad.

A Russian fighter jet saw off a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation warplane after it approached a plane carrying Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu over neutral waters in the Baltic Sea, the TASS news agency reported on Tuesday.

The report said Shoigu's plane was also carrying a TASS reporter at the time. The Russian jet carrying Shoigu is not the Tu-154 with registration RA-85686 we observed on previous Russia's MOD trips, but a Tu-204, based on the type of winglet exposed in the video. Shoigu was going to Moscow from Kaliningrad, accompanied by two fighter aircraft of the Baltic Fleet. The Russian aircraft operate with no FPL, onboard transponders off, and usually do not maintain radio contact with the local air traffic control agencies and for this reason they are identified and escorted by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation aircraft based in Lithuania and Estonia. "Once identification of the aircraft had taken place, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation jets returned to base", the spokesman said, adding that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation had no information as to who was on board.

The Su-27 Flanker is a Russian fourth-generation fighter jet that has been around since the 1980s. Moments later, it swerves to the left as it's chased away by the Sukhoi. The Spanish fighter tried to get closer but was driven away.

Such incidents have added tension to Russia's relationship with the West, which has been severely strained by Moscow's takeover of Crimea, its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, and its alleged meddling in the USA election in 2016.

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