Russia violates Finland's airspace for the first time since Finland joined NATO

NATO jets intercepting Russian Il-20 over the Baltic Sea (illustrative photo)
NATO jets intercepting Russian Il-20 over the Baltic Sea (illustrative photo)

A Russian military aircraft violated Finland's airspace over the Gulf of Finland near the Finnish city of Loviisa on June 10 - the first time since Finland joined NATO, Finland's Defense Ministry reported.

The plane flew in Finland's NATO-protected airspace for about two minutes, crossing at least 2.5 km into Finnish territory.

"We take the suspected breach seriously and have immediately launched an investigation," Finnish Defense Minister Antti Heikkinen said.

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The latest similar recorded case took place in August 2022, when two Russian fighter jets violated Finnish airspace over the Gulf of Finland.

Finland became a NATO member in April 2024.

The number of NATO fighter jets scrambled to intercept Russian military aircraft approaching the Alliance's airspace over the Baltic Sea increased by 20-25% over the first quarter of 2024, Reuters reported, citing an unnamed source in NATO.

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