Danish F-16s confronted Russian military jet

Two Danish F-16s were sent to investigate a Russian military jet that was approaching Denmark on Tuesday, the Royal Danish Air Force has confirmed.

Danish F-16s confronted Russian military jet
Both Danish and Swedish jets responded to the Russian military plane. Photo: Christian Als/Scanpix
A spokeswoman for the Air Force’s Tactical Air Command (Flyvertaktisk Kommando) told the Ritzau news agency that two Danish jets were sent to make a “visual inspection” of a Russian aircraft seen heading toward Denmark east of the island of Bornholm. The Danish F-16s made visual contact with the Russian jet and ensured that it left Danish airspace. 
According to Swedish news agency TT, Swedish fighter jets also responded to the Russian incursion. The Swedes also had to scramble a warplane over the Baltic Sea earlier this month after reports of foreign air activity near the island of Gotland. That incident happened just days after Swedish officials released a photo of a Russian jet flying beside a Swedish intelligence plane
The Swedes are also continuing to look for a possible Russian submarine outside of Stockholm.
The Flyvertaktisk Kommando spokeswoman told Ritzau that Denmark’s part in Tuesday’s action was “completely undramatic”. The involved Danish jets came from the Skrydstrup Air Base in southern Jutland. 
Earlier this week, military officials announced that Danish F-16s based in Kuwait dropped their first bombs in Isis targets in Iraq

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Denmark decries airspace violations by Russian planes

Denmark's government on Friday decried two Russian aircraft violating Danish airspace and summoned   Moscow's ambassador over the incident.

Denmark decries airspace violations by Russian planes
Russian MiG fighter jets. NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP

The defence ministry in one NATO’s founding members said fighter jets had been scrambled to counter the incursion on Friday,  Ritzau news agency reported.

“Completely unacceptable that Russian planes violate Danish airspace, even twice in one day,” Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said in a post to Twitter.

Kofod added that the repeat violation made it look like a “deliberate action”.

“We are still examining the details, but I have already taken the initiative to summon the Russian ambassador for a talk at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs,” the foreign minister said.

The violations had occurred over the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, south of Sweden.

“It is very rare that we see this type of violation of Danish airspace, so two in the same day must be deemed to be serious,” Defence Minister Trine Bramsen told Ritzau.

According to the agency, Russia has repeatedly flown over Danish airspace and in August 2020, a Russian B52 bomber also flew over Bornholm.