Became known the number of times NATO aircraft intercepted the Russian planes

The Russians regularly violate air borders with other countries

NATO planes almost 300 times intercepted Russian planesin European airspace in 2019. This was reported by the Bulgarian service of Radio Liberty with reference to the official of the Alliance, who asked to remain anonymous.

“In 2019, the Federal aircraft climbed into the sky 290 times to escort or intercept Russian military aircraft across Europe,” said the official.

As written in the material, activity of military aircraft Russia over the Black sea and in other parts of Europe increased from 2014.

Just this week, five NATO planes from three members of the Alliance of the black sea – Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey went up in the air to intercept two Russian strategic Tu-22 bombers and two su-27 fighters, which approached the General airspace of the three countries in the Western part of the Black sea.

Military of Bulgaria announced that the Russian aircraft returned to Russian airspace without incident.

In turn, the Minister of defense of Bulgaria Krasimir Karakachanov claimed that the Russians “do it regularly”, thus the Russian Federation “checks of our capabilities and wants to see how we react, how quickly will dispatch the aircraft and whether our radars to see them”.

We will remind, recently the President of Donald trump has confirmed the intention of the us withdrawal from the Treaty on open skies. Earlier, the White house notified the allies about the decision.

In addition, we wrote that on the background of the pandemic COVID-19 NATO has reviewed all its military maneuvers in 2020. So, the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed, in particular, the termination of the exercise Defender 2020, which had become the largest strategic maneuvers in Europe since the end of the cold war.