Courtesy of reuters.com

Courtesy of reuters.com

By Noura Dakka, Contributing Writer

A Russian jet was forcibly escorted by Poland fighter jets on Wednesday night. An Ilyushin II-76 Russian plane flew over the countries of Lithuania and Estonia. The jet was identified as a military transport plane and it flew over Baltic air space, hazardously close to both countries. Right away, two Poland based F-16 NATO fighter jets rushed to intercept the aircraft and escort it to its destination in Kaliningrad, a Russian base in the Baltic Sea. The two Poland NATO F-16 fighters have been stationed in Poland since September on a mission to monitor the skies over the Baltic district.

Even though there have been numerous occurrences of Russian crafts flying around the NATO territory, Wednesday night was the first time the Dutch fighters were compelled to intercept any Russian plane. Last week’s Russian spy plane was stopped by Canadian fighter planes and sent back to Russia.

However, there has been similar situations like this previously: