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NATO increases aircraft readiness after Russian Su-35 incident in Black Sea

Monday, 8 May 2023, 19:49

The North Atlantic Alliance has put its Air Policing units on high alert following an incident between a Russian Su-35 fighter jet and a Polish aircraft of the EU's Frontex border mission in the Black Sea.

Source: a NATO official, as reported by European Pravda citing Reuters.

Quote: "NATO air policing detachments were put on higher readiness in response to the dangerous behaviour of a Russian military plane in the vicinity of a Polish Frontex aircraft over the Black Sea near Romania," the official said.

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Details: The NATO official added that the Alliance "remains vigilant" and referred all further questions about the incident to the Polish authorities.

Background: On 5 May, a Russian Su-35 fighter jet reportedly performed a dangerous interception of a L410 TURBOLET aircraft belonging to the Polish Border Guard Service, which was on a scheduled patrol mission under the auspices of Frontex over the Black Sea in international airspace in cooperation with Romanian services.

The incident led to severe turbulence for the Polish border guard aircraft. During the incident, the five-person Polish border guard crew temporarily lost control of the aircraft and began to lose altitude.

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Polish government spokesman Piotr Müller commented on the interception of a Polish border guard aircraft by a Russian fighter jet, saying it was a planned provocation. The Frontex mission suspended operations over the Black Sea.

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