Media reports about the rapprochement of the Russian bombers aircraft over the Norwegian sea are the fruit of imagination pilots, diplomats and journalists, said the official representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia Igor Konashenkov. 26 September newspaper Morgunbladid , citing anonymous sources in NATO and the commander of the Icelandic airliner reported that Russian aircraft flew within 2 km from the civilian airliner off the transmitters identity.
“The message of Icelandic pilots and diplomats about the alleged threat rapprochement of the Russian long-range aircraft with a civil airliner over the waters of the Norwegian sea is no more than a figment of their personal imagination. The groundlessness of the accusations confirms the confusion in the statements of Icelandic diplomats and pilots about the type and number of alleged what they had seen of Russian aircraft,” – said in a statement Konashenkov in Facebook.
According to him, on 22 September, Russian strategic bombers Tu-160 carried out tasks according to plan of air patrol over the North-Eastern part of the Atlantic ocean. Russian planes enabled transponders followed the route of the patrol at a considerable safe distance from civilian aircraft and without crossing air routes. Moreover, in some parts of the route of the Russian Tu-160 was accompanied by fighters of the air forces of NATO countries. The route of the aircraft passed over the water area of the Barents and Norwegian seas in strict accordance with International rules of airspace use.
According to the newspaper Morgunbladid, the incident occurred on September 22. According to the pilot of the airliner, NATO officials to track the movement of Russian military aircraft in the Atlantic, the Icelandic informed the dispatcher service about the possibility of their rapprochement with the civilian Board. Shortly after the pilot received a warning, he saw two Russian strategic bombers (presumably the Tu-22M), which, according to his estimates, there were 2 km under the liner and, he claims, was followed off the transponders. This, he argues, could lead to a collision.
According to the data of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Iceland, three Russian Tu-160 bombers flew at 1800-2700 meters below the passenger plane EN route from Reykjavik to Stockholm.
The foreign Ministry of Iceland has also stated that he had repeatedly protested against the flights of unidentified Russian aircraft because of the threat they may pose to civil aviation. However, the representative of the Russian Embassy in Reykjavik Alex Shadskiy stated that this was a pretext in order to reopen the us Navy base in Keflavík.
Note that Iceland is among the NATO countries, which supported last year the idea of close cooperation in an effort to counter Russian military threat.
The confrontation between Russia and the West incidents in the skies involving Russian and Western military aircraft are increasingly common. Moscow sees them as a threat from NATO, Washington – a manifestation of Russian aggression and provocative show of force.
On 23 September the command of the British air force took to the air stationed in Scotland fighters to send to intercept two Russian bombers, which approached the airspace of the Kingdom. Typhoon fighters from the unit in Lossiemouth was accompanied by two Russian Tu-160 (NATO – Blackjack) as long as the bombers have not left a district of London interest.
In April, it was recorded several similar incidents. On April 29, the Pentagon said about the dangerous maneuver of the Russian su-27 close to American reconnaissance RC-135U. According to sources in the defense Ministry, the RC-135 flew along the planned route in international airspace, when next to him appeared a Russian fighter jet. Su-27 approached to a distance of about 30 meters at full speed and performed a barrel roll – rotate about the longitudinal axis 360 degrees.
In November last year Typhoon from the Lossiemouth was sent to intercept two Tu-160. And in October 2015 Scottish division of the British force was accompanied by two similar Russian aircraft flying over the North sea. In may 2015, the Russian strategic bombers Tu-95 (NATO classification – Bear) was intercepted to the North of Scotland.