In the West Putin was suspected of intending “aviapreparation” ahead of the elections in the United States
Cases of the flight of Russian military aircraft near NATO airspace in the Baltic States have become more frequent ahead of elections in the United States, which will be held on Tuesday, November 8th. In the West interpreted this as a deliberate provocation organized by the authorities of the Russian Federation.
In particular, the other night based on the Estonian base of Amari pilots NATO fighters received a continuous alarm, warning that Russian aircraft approaching NATO airspace, according to the newspaper The Washington Post.
According to the publication, “aviapersonal” went at least 13 Russian military aircraft. As a result, the NATO fighters Eurowings were forced to take to the air to meet them. By morning, Finland and Estonia said their air space was violated, according to the article, which quoted InoPressa. Service on the basis of carrying seven German fighter pilots, alternating every 24 hours.
As the author suggests, just before the US presidential elections, Russian President Vladimir Putin, apparently, “raises its conflict with the West to new heights”.
According to WP, the pilots of the Russian fighter jets deliberately behave boldly. As told by the commander of the German contingent of NATO in Estonia, Lieutenant Colonel Sven Jacob, forced to fly at a distance of 10 yards (about dati meters) from the Russian aircraft NATO pilots in one of the recent cases saw the pilot of the Russian air force made an offensive gesture showed them the middle finger.
According to estimates of the military, since, as the German airmen arrived in the Estonian base of Amari on August 31, they went up in the air 34 times, to warn the Russians about the threat approaching the borders of NATO. According to the Minister of defence of Estonia Mr Hannes Hanso, the Russian pilots are constantly trying to challenge and test the NATO system.
While Russian aircraft flying in international airspace, there is no need to take any action, explained Sven Jacob. However, if Russian aircraft violate the airspace of NATO – which has happened five times in Estonia this year – the situation can quickly deteriorate.
According to the rules of the Alliance, if unable to establish radio contact with that aircraft pilots turn their fighters so that you can see their weapons, and then trying to push the plane from the territory of NATO. The pilot can also give a warning volley. At the same time in the Alliance hope that the Russian pilots are well aware of the serious consequences of reckless behavior.
Recall that in may it was reported that the RAF raised in the air Typhoon fighters after receiving a signal about approaching the state border of Estonia Russian military aircraft su-27 “Flanker”, Il-18 and su-27.
A week before Typhoon fighters of the Royal air force of great Britain took to the air in the skies over the Baltic to escort Russian military transport aircraft, also coming close to the borders of the Baltic States.
In April, the fighters of the air forces of NATO, based on the Lithuanian air force base Zokniai and the Estonian Amari airbase, thrice raised in the airto accompany the Russian military aircraft in the Baltic airspace.
The United States presidential election will be held on 8 November. To the highest post in the country expect from the Republican party is Donald trump, the Democratic former Secretary of state Hillary Clinton. Earlier, the U.S. authorities accused Russia of trying to influence the election in the United States with cyberattacks.
In Moscow, these accusations are categorically dismiss. Speaking in late October at a plenary session of the international discussion club “Valdai” in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin said: “Does anyone seriously think that Russia can somehow influence the choice of the American people? America that some “banana country”, what? America is a great power”.