A Russian fighter jet has passed within feet of a Swedish plane over the Baltic Sea in an “unusually provocative” move, according to authorities.
Sweden’s signals intelligence agency the FRA, also known as the National Defence Radio Establishment, and the country’s armed forces have documented an increase in Russian military activity in the region.
The FRA released a statement on Thursday saying Russian fighter jets had approached Swedish surveillance aircraft “on several occasions” over the past six months.
A photograph of a Russian Su-27 fighter jet has been released, appearing to show it within just feet of the Swedish plane and rotated to show its armoury of missiles.
Lena Nyberg, director of the FRA, said: “In general, the military activity over the Baltic Sea has had seen a noticeable increase in recent years.
“Among other things, it has now taken the form of Russian fighter jets on several occasions behaving in a new and more provocative way.”
“They are now showing behaviour that we haven’t seen in previous years,” he added.
“It’s markedly more aggressive flying now.”
Full article: Ukraine crisis: Russian fighter jet passes ‘within feet’ of Swedish surveillance plane over Baltic Sea (The Telegraph)