More Nato fighter jets sighted near Russia western border

KALININGRAD, December 16 (Itar-Tass) - The Baltic Fleet anti-aircraft defence service has detected 1,100 foreign fighter jets flying in the vicinity of this northwestern part of the Russian state border this year, Major-General Fyodor Krisanov, head of the Baltic Fleet's anti-aircraft defence forces, told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

Since Poland joined NATO, the number of training flights of that country's fighter jets have increased from 15 flights a week on average in the past to more than 40 flights a week at present, Krisanov said.

According to the general, the reconnaissance aviation of the NATO countries is also changing tactics with their planes flying more frequently over the southern part of the Baltic sea, near the Gdansk bay.

With all this in mind, the Russian Fleet's air-defence aircraft "are prepared to take off at a moment's notice and carry out any mission assigned to them, if the need arises", the general stressed, adding that the modern equipment with which the anti-aircraft defence is fitted out allows for guarding efficiently the Russian borders in the Kaliningrad region.

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