Over the last six months, German fighters based in Estonia have scrambled on alert 30 times, in order to escort the Russian planes. Deutsche Welle reported that, quoting German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen.
'Such a big number shows that the presence [of German troops] here is crucial', the official said.
In 2018, Germany deployed four Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft and 160 Bundeswehr servicemen at Amari airfield in Estonia; these troops are a part of the NATO contingent that conducts aerial reconnaissance in this area since August 2018. The mission is to expire in April 2019.
As is known, the Russian air force planes have been periodically flying over Northern Europe, specifically the area over the Baltic Sea.
Last month, Russia's Tupolev Tu-22 M3, the strategic bomber of Russia's Air Force crashed while landing on the airstrip. Two of the four crew members were killed in the accident, and the other two survived.