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Russian fighter jets spotted near Denmark

Swedish military identified and followed four Russian fighter planes near the Danish island of Bornholm on Tuesday morning.

Russian fighter jets spotted near Denmark
A Russian TU-22M. Photo: Alex Beltyukov/WikiCommons
Swedish military officials said Tuesday that they spotted four Russian military jets in international airspace near the Danish island of Bornholm and the Swedish island of Gotland at around 5.30am.
 
According to Swedish news agency TT, the Russian aircraft – two TU-22M planes and two SU-27 fighter jets – were not using transponders, the telecommunications devices that emit and gather signals from planes.
 
"It is the first time in years that we have seen precisely this type of aircraft over the Baltic Sea," Anders Grenstad, Deputy Director of Operations for the Swedish Armed Forces, told TT.
 
He said the planes were understood to have first flown over the Baltic coast, then turned south toward Bornholm and Gotland before heading back to the Finnish Gulf.
 
 
The spotting of the jets comes just days after tensions between Denmark and Russia were intensified over comments made by Moscow’s representative in Copenhagen, who warned that Denmark faced a potential nuclear attack for aligning itself with Nato’s missile defence system. 
 
“I don’t think the Danes fully understand the consequences of what will happen if Denmark joins the American-controlled missile defence. If it happens, Danish war ships will become targets for Russian atomic missiles,” Russian Ambassador Mikhail Vanin wrote in an op-ed in Jyllands-Posten newspaper.
 
 
Over the past months, there has been increased Russian airspace activity over and near Denmark. 
 
In December a Russian military jet nearly collided with a SAS passenger plane out of Copenhagen. An October report from the Danish Defence Intelligence Service (Forsvarets Efterretningstjeneste) revealed that Russia carried out a simulated attack on Bornholm last summer, and in March last year a Swedish SAS pilot said his plane was “just seconds” from crashing into a Russian jet.
 
Denmark has said it’s not overly concerned about Russian aggression and is ready to “do what it necessary”
 
Denmark earlier this month announced closer military cooperation with Sweden, with Defence Minister Nicolai Wammen saying that  Russian activity played a role in the neighbours’ new partnership.
 
“Of course the latest developments in the east play a part and have given us a reason to have a look at areas where we could extend our co-operation,” Wammen told Ritzau. 

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MILITARY

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.

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