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Russian fighters suspected of violating Finnish airspace

Published : 29 Jul 2020, 00:39

  DF Report

Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet. Pixabay File Photo.

Two Russian state-owned Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jets reportedly violated the Finnish airspace on Tuesday afternoon, said the defence ministry in a press release.

The fighter jets are believed to have flown in Finnish airspace for about two minutes at about 2:00 PM over the Gulf of Finland.

Niina Hyrsky, the director of communications at the ministry, told the Yle that it is still a suspicion and the Border Guard is investigating into the matter.

She also said that the Sukhoi jets flew in Finnish airspace for about two minutes.

Hornet fighters of the Finnish Air Force rushed to identify the Russian aircraft.

Hyrsky told the Yle that such suspected area violations occur in Finnish airspace and sea areas up to six times a year, except in 2018, in which no such suspected violation was reported.

Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jets are used by the Russian Baltic Fleet at its bases in the Kaliningrad region.