Canadian fighter jets intercept Russian military airplane
Canadian fighter jets intercept Russian military airplane.

Two Canadian CF-18 fighter jets based out of Lithuania intercepted a Russian military aircraft as it flew over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday morning.

Officials say the Canadian fighters identified the aircraft as a Russian AN-26 transport plane, then shadowed it for about 10 minutes as it travelled through international airspace from one Russian port to another.

It was the second time in as many months that Canadian warplanes were tasked with intercepting an AN-26 since four CF-18s were assigned to a NATO mission to protect Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian airspace in August.

The air policing mission was established a decade ago, but has been increased in size in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March and its support for rebel forces in eastern Ukraine.

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