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Russia Update: January 21, 2016
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The Interpreter
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Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Svenska Dagbladet reports that two Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jets pursued a Swedish airborne early warning and control flight over the Baltic last week.

Micael Bydén, supreme commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, told the defence committee today that the Russian jets following the Saab ASC 890 aircraft broke off after two Gripen jet fighters were dispatched to intercept them.

The incident occurred in the southern Baltic, near the Danish island of Bornholm.

According to the report, the foreign aircraft usually observe each others flight routes before moving on, however in this case the Russian fighters continued to chase the Swedish flight.

Allan Widman, chairman of the defence committee, said that it was "not an everyday incident."

This is only the latest in a series of worrying encounters between Swedish and Russian military aircraft.


-- Pierre Vaux