Lithuania and Estonia demand an explanation from Russia in connection with the violation of their airspace by Russian military aircraft. According to DW, a representative of the Russian Embassy was summoned to the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry on June 16 after two Russian Air Force planes crossed the country's airspace over the Baltic Sea.
“Lithuania demands that Russia provide explanations for this incident and take all necessary measures so that such incidents do not recur in the future,” the ministry noted in a statement.
According to the Lithuanian side, the Russian Su-24 planes entered the Lithuanian airspace over the Baltic Sea for one kilometer staying in it for about a minute. The Lithuanian Defense Ministry believes that such actions are connected with the US-organized international combat training BALTOPS in the Baltic region.
Moreover, the press service of the Estonian Defense Forces General Headquarters announced that two Russian Su-35s entered the country's airspace in the area of Hiiumaa Island without permission on Tuesday, June 15.
According to the Estonian military, Russian fighters were in their airspace for less than a minute. As it was reported, the Su-35 had transponders turned off and there was no two-way radio communication with the Estonian air services. The Estonian Foreign Ministry summoned the Charge d'Affaires of the Russian Federation and handed him a note of protest.
Meanwhile, the Russian military stated that two Su-35 fighters did not violate Estonian airspace during their flight over the Baltic.
“The flight took place on a strictly defined route. The planes did not deviate from the route, which is confirmed by objective control data,” the Russian Defense Ministry announced in a statement.