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Friday 22 September 2017

Sweden summons Russian ambassador after Baltic Sea air incident

Sweden's top military authority said a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter flew close to a Swedish Gulfstream reconnaissance plane on Monday
Sweden's top military authority said a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter flew close to a Swedish Gulfstream reconnaissance plane on Monday

Sweden's government has summoned Russia's ambassador after a Russian fighter jet flew close to a Swedish reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

Foreign ministry spokesman Gunnar Vrang said the meeting, which "will take place in the near future", was to discuss among other things the incident described by Sweden's armed forces on Wednesday.

Sweden's top military authority said a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter flew close to a Swedish Gulfstream reconnaissance plane on Monday, adding that the distance between them "was very short".

The incident comes at a time of growing military activity in the Baltic Sea region, with several reports of airspace violations by Russian military aircraft and an increased presence of Russian military vessels.

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