- Published on Oct 31, 2014
Nato has reported an “unusual” increase in Russian military aircraft conducting manoeuvres over European airspace over the last two days.
A Nato statement said four groups of aircraft, including Tu-95 Bear bombers and MiG-31 fighters, were tracked over seas and the Atlantic Ocean. Fighter aircraft from Norway, Britain, Portugal, Germany and Turkey were scrambled in response.
Tensions between Russia and Nato states have soared over the Ukraine crisis. The US and EU imposed sanctions on Russia after its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula earlier this year.
Ties have been further strained as the West has accused Russia of supporting rebels in eastern Ukraine – a charge Russia has denied. The Nato statement on Wednesday made no mention of Ukraine. It said that the “sizeable” Russian flights were unusual for their scale, although no incidents had been reported.