Sweden summons Russian ambassador over fighter jet incident in international airspace

Sweden summons Russian ambassador over fighter jet incident in international airspace

A Russian SU-27 fighter jet was involved in the incident

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sweden has summoned the Russian ambassador after a Russian fighter jet flew close to a Swedish reconnaissance plane.

The incident involving a Russian SU-27 fighter jet took place in international airspace above the Baltic Sea on Monday (June 19), according to The Local.

Whilst it is common for Russian planes to go near to Swedish surveillance missions, the Swedish Armed Forces said this incident was different.

In a statement it said: "The Russian aircraft behaved in such a way that it has to be considered noteworthy, among other things the distance between the aircraft was at times very short."

Peter Hultqvist, the minister for defence in Sweden, has called on the country not to conduct similar acts again and claimed Russia has acted unprofessionally

He told the TT news agency: “The Russian behaviour is unacceptable. From a security point of view, it is unprofessional and the risk of serious incidents increases significantly.

"Everyone should have a fundamental interest in not [letting] these incidents occur."

Previously in 2014, Sweden, alongside Denmark, summoned Russian ambassadors after they claimed there was almost a collision between a Russian surveillance plane and a commercial aircraft.