The British Royal Air Force (RAF) has sent fighter planes into the North Sea with the aim of intercepting two Russian nuclear bombers. After the British troops were deployed on the Polish border.
According to the newspaper, daily MailAnd Hurricane fighters departed Lossiemouth, Scotland; Woolconingsby, Lincolnshire; With a plane to refuel from Breeze Norton, Oxfordshire, on Friday.
The two Russian bombers Tupolev 160 White Swan I entered”UK area of interestThe Ministry of Defense confirmed without elaborating. This is when they were intercepted.
Radar data indicated that Kremlin fighter jets were heading into international airspace over the North Sea at around 12:45 pm (local time), the outlet said.
Sometimes this happens when British troops help the Polish army reinforce its border with Belarus as an offer of support.
Russia sent paratroopers to the Belarusian side of the border for exercises on Friday, not far from where hundreds of Syrians, Iraqis, Yemenis and others have been camping in hopes of crossing into Poland since earlier this week.
Polish Defense Minister, Marius Blaschak, he said that the British staff have started Mission “Reconnaissance” With their Polish counterparts on the tense border. A source confirmed to telegraph They were royal engineers.
“Our soldiers will cooperate in strengthening the border fence between Poland and BelarusDiego Blaschak.
The British Ministry of Defense said the deployment was a sign of the friendship of allies between the United Kingdom and Poland.
“A small team of British Armed Forces personnel have been deployed following an agreement with the Polish government to explore how we can provide engineering support to address the current situation on the Belarusian border.A ministry spokesman added.
The Russian-Belarusian Airborne Forces carried out joint exercises in the Grodno region on FridayNear the Polish border, where several thousand migrants from the Middle East are concentrated, has caused a crisis between Minsk and the European Union.
Il-76 transport aircraft transported Russian airborne units to the Gozhski military field near Polish territory on Friday.
Tactical exercises answerIncreased military activity near the Belarusian borderReported to the Ministry of Defense of that former Soviet republic.
Among other things, the army will carry out offensive exercises and control of the “unknown landing area”, as well as the search for and elimination of sabotage groups and armed formations.
The parties specified that once their mission was accomplished, the Russian and Belarusian units would return to their usual positions.
belarusian president, Alexander LukashenkoHe admitted on Thursday that he had asked the head of the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin, aid to guard the border with the European Union, where on Wednesday and Thursday Moscow sent the Tu-22 and Tu-160 strategic bombers.
“Let them scream! Yes, they are bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons. But we have no other way out. We should see what they are doing outside our bordersLukashenko said during a government meeting.
He explained that the planes that will conduct periodic patrols “For the situation that arose in the air and on the groundThey will fly across the border with Poland, the Baltic states, all members of NATO, and also Ukraine.
Moscow, which this week extended the presence of its army in Belarusian territory for 25 years, supports Minsk in its confrontation with Poland and the rest of the European Union.
Lukashenko also ordered the Ministry of Defense, the KGB and the border forces to ensure “control over the movements of NATO and Polish forces.”
“It is seen that there are already 15,000 soldiers, tanks, armored vehicles and helicopters flying alongside the planes. They have been posted to the border, and what’s more, without anyone notifying, although they are obligated to do so.‘, denounced.
In the face of looming European sanctions, the Belarusian autocrat threatened Brussels to cut off Russian gas from Europe and prevent commercial transit.
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