Russian bombers just 73 meters from a NATO naval force, rapid alert force alerted
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Russian bombers just 73 meters from a NATO naval force, rapid alert force alerted

Two Russian warplanes approached a NATO naval unit off the Polish coast at low altitude. According to NATO, two Russian warplanes approached alliance ships operating in the Baltic Sea in a dangerous maneuver. In Thursday’s incident, the first aircraft flew past the SNMG1 naval association at a distance of only about 73 meters, NATO headquarters in Northwood near London said.

The flight height was only 300 feet, which corresponds to about 91 meters. The pilots did not respond to attempts to make contact. The incident was made public with a two-day delay because “sometimes it takes a while to gather the facts,” a NATO spokesman wrote when asked by WELT.

When asked by the German Press Agency, a spokeswoman also said on Saturday that the aircraft were two-seat SU-24 tactical bombers, which had the NATO code name “Fencer” (German: Fechter). Therefore, the Allies alerted to the rapid readiness of their air forces. The Russians were then pursued until they left the area. Maritime association SNMG1 was less than 50 kilometers from the Polish port city of Gdansk.