NATO sends fighter jets to intercept Russian planes near border with Finland

May 27, 2022, 1:43 p.m. | Updated: May 27, 2022, 1:46 p.m.

NATO sent two Norwegian F-35s to respond to Russian planes.

Photo: Royal Norwegian Air Force/Twitter

NATO fighter jets were dispatched to intercept Russian planes near Finland’s border with Norway.

Tensions with Russia have escalated in the region since Finland and Sweden submitted applications for NATO membership on May 18.

A Mikoyan MiG-31 “Foxhound” and a Sukhoi Su-24 “Fencer” were intercepted near Norwegian airspace on Thursday.

The jets were seen outside Finnmark in the far north of Norway, but did not enter official Norwegian airspace.

The Russian aircraft flew over the Norwegian Sea before returning east towards Russia.

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Norwegian Air Force spokesman Stine Barclay Gåsland told local news channel TV 2 that Norwegian planes were dispatched yesterday to respond to the alert.

The Royal Norwegian Air Force published: “Two Russian planes over North Finnmark today. CRC Sørreisa reported the aircraft and NATO ordered our F-35s on its wings.

“The Russian plane flew to the Norwegian Sea before returning to the east. The F-35 is permanently ready for Norway.”

Ms Gåsland said: We have not experienced a higher rate of identification this year than in previous years. It is normal procedure that we fly over and identify any foreign activity.

“A total of 58 similar identifications were made in 2021.”

“It was not in Norwegian airspace

“We are used to this happening, and there is nothing illegal about it. We pay close attention to all activities in our local areas.

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