Another incident in the airspace of the Baltic Sea was touched this time personally by Sergei Shoigu. NATO fighter X-NUMX tried to approach the transport board, at which time the Russian defense minister was stationed. Even Russian escort fighters had to intervene in this process.
NATO fighter F-16 tried to approach the plane of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
The minister's liner, flying to Kaliningrad, accompanied an escort of Su-27 naval aviation fighters. NATO planes, among which was F-16, also tried to follow the minister's way. The incident did not stop there, and F-16 went to rapprochement with Shoigu. However, on its way stood the Su-27 fighter, who showed his weapon to the alliance aircraft, swinging its wings. After that, the F-16 fighter retired. Through the porthole from the plane Shoigu, the video of the F-16 approximation was filmed.
Sam Shoigu, commenting on what happened, said: "The situation that is developing at our western borders, tends to deteriorate." "This is due to the increased military activity of NATO countries in Eastern Europe," the defense minister said.
The Minister pointed out: The North Atlantic alliance is increasing its presence in the Baltic countries, strengthening and developing their military facilities, such as seaports, airfields, etc., allegedly for protection from Russia.
Maneuver F-16 has already commented in the State Duma. This is absolutely an abnormal phenomenon, especially with regard to an official state person of this rank. This is a provocation, "said the State Duma deputy Colonel-General Hero of the Soviet Union Nikolai Antoshkin, whom TASS quoted. The parliamentarian stressed that such cases, "when the defense minister was flying, he was accompanied by a NATO fighter," was not before. He noted that the Foreign Ministry and the Defense Ministry "will send the relevant notes on this issue."
"Su-27 made a clear hint - it should not be approached"
"The NATO Air Force fighter carried out the usual combat training and reconnaissance task for reconnaissance and identification of the aircraft," explained the head of the Air Force Hero of Russia General of the Army Petr Deinekin to the newspaper VZGLYAD.
"I am sure that this pilot did not know that the Russian Defense Minister was flying as a passenger on a transport plane," the source stressed. "As for the actions of our fighter, he hinted quite transparently to his" partner in the fight against terrorism "that this machine should not be approached, but should behave respectfully," Deinekin said.
Regarding the availability of any instructions on this subject, he noted: "You will not write instructions for all cases. And in a particular episode, the pilot acted with dignity. And in his place I would do the same. " "And in its place I would have encouraged it," added the former commander of the Air Force.
Su-27 acted standard, said in a comment to the newspaper VZGLYAD expert of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies Vasily Kashin.
"The plane provided security for a high-ranking official," said the military expert. "He showed that he keeps the situation under control in case the other party suddenly had some attempts to behave provocatively, trying, for example, to approach too dangerously with our transport plane."
"The Baltic is a zone where it is very tense now, patrolling is constantly carried out, the parties follow each other," he added. According to the military expert, it is necessary to expect further occurrence of similar incidents.
Not the first dangerous rapprochement
The number of incidents with NATO aircraft has recently risen sharply. Literally on Tuesday, the media reported that Su-27 was forced to go into the air to intercept the US reconnaissance aircraft RC-135 over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea. RC-135 made a dangerous turn towards Su-27. The Russian plane reacted to it and in response approached the American airliner for a distance of up to one and a half meters. Su-27 continued to follow RC-135 until it began to move away from the Russian border.
In the United States they called such actions unsafe. In response, the Defense Ministry recalled that it was RC-135 who first carried out a provocative turn, so that the Su-27 pilot was forced to respond.
6 June, the Russian Su-27 fighter was again forced to intercept and escort the B-52 strategic bomber of the US Air Force following along the Russian border over the waters of the Baltic.