Spanish, Lithuanian leaders’ press convention interrupted by jet fighter scramble

2021-07-10 12:56:55

A reside broadcast confirmed the information convention at Siauliai Air Base, in entrance of the nostril of a navy jet, interrupted after three minutes, as pilots started working in the direction of the aircraft and climbing inside.

Nauseda briefly continued talking, till he and Sanchez had been led apart. The podiums and flags had been eliminated and media dispersed to clear the way in which for take-off.

A Eurofighter jet takes part in a flying display in England in 2016.

Spanish jets, based mostly in Lithuania on a NATO mission to police Baltic air area, took off at 0855 GMT after experiences {that a} navy jet had taken off from Russia’s Kaliningrad area with out submitting a flight plan, stated a spokesperson for the Lithuanian military’s joint chiefs of employees.

A NATO official stated the Eurofighters recognized two Russian Su-24 jets heading northeast, which didn’t file a flight plan, have their transponders turned on or discuss to air visitors controllers.

After the take-off, the information convention resumed, and Sanchez thanked the pilots “for the onerous work they do to defend the territorial integrity of Lithuania as we simply noticed.”

There was no hazard to Sanchez or Nauseda, the Lithuanian President’s spokesman stated.

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“This demonstrates as soon as once more the significance of NATO’s air policing mission, which has been working for 60 years to maintain our skies protected,” stated NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu.

Seven Spanish Eurofighter jets have been based mostly at Siauliai Air Base since April 30 for the Baltic air policing mission, which additionally contains 4 Italian F-35 plane at Estonia’s Amari Air Base.

The Baltic air police mission routinely follows Russian navy plane flying over worldwide waters over the Baltic Sea between the Russian mainland and the Kaliningrad enclave. The Russian jets typically fly with out submitting a flight plan.

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