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Russia spotted 32 foreign reconnaissance aircraft close to national airspace over past week

Christian Fernsby |
Russian Armed Forces detected 32 foreign jets that were engaged in reconnaissance activities close to Russia’s airspace last week, the military’s official newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda reported on Friday.

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A weekly infographic published by the outlet showed that Russian fighter jets had been scrambled three times to intercept foreign aircraft.

The foreign jets had been prevented from illegally entering Russia’s airspace, the newspaper said.

The United States and NATO countries often send aircraft and drones to perform reconnaissance activities along Russia's borders in the Baltic, in the Black Sea off Crimea and Krasnodar. Russian air defence forces regularly monitor, target, and track hundreds of NATO aircraft operating close to the border, and occasionally scramble fighter jets to escort foreign military aircraft away from Russian airspace.

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