U.S. Air Force reconnaissance UAV conducted a surveillance flight over the western border of Russia, where Kaliningrad Oblast neighbors Lithuania. Interfax news agency reported this with a reference ot the monitoring data of the western aviation sources.
RQ-4B Global Hawk (side number 11-2048) took off from Sigonella airbase (Sicily) and performed a seven hours long flight. After that, the UAV turned to Estonia, screening the borders of Russia's Pskov and Leningrad Oblasts.
The flight was conducted on the altitude of 16,000 meters. The route from Italy to the Baltic States lay across the air spaces of Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine.
Previously, P-8A Poseidon, U.S. anti-submarine aircraft conducted another reconnaissance flight not far from the Syrian coast; this is where Russia keeps its airbase in Khmeymim. Last month, Russian troops repelled the attack of combat drones launched by Syrian militants.