The Russian Defense Ministry said that its “MiG-31” fighters intercepted a Norwegian patrol aircraft over the Barentsevo Sea for the third day in a row, as the last incident in this episode took place on Saturday.
In a statement, the Ministry’s National Defense Administration Center for Russia said that on September 5, Russian air surveillance devices detected an air target over the waters of the Barentsevo Sea that was approaching the borders of the Russian state.
The statement explained: “In order to determine the identity of the air target and prevent any violation of the borders of the Russian state, a MiG-31 fighter took off from the strength of the air defense patrol forces of the Northern Fleet.”
The center added that “the Russian fighter crew determined that the air target was a P-3C Orion patrol aircraft of the Norwegian Air Force.”
The center pointed out that the Russian fighter, after the Norwegian plane took an opposite course and moved away from the Russian border, returned safely to the airport of its permanent station.
The statement emphasized that “all of the Russian fighter flights were carried out in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace,” stressing that “no violation of the borders of the Russian state by the Norwegian plane was permitted.”
In recent months, the Russian forces have monitored the intensification of military aircraft flights of Western countries near the borders of Russia, and had previously announced that two similar incidents occurred over the Barentsevo Sea on Thursday and Friday.