Russian jet chases North Atlantic Treaty Organisation plane away from defense minister's aircraft

A screenshot showing the armed Su-27 turning into the armed EF-18

A screenshot showing the armed Su-27 turning into the armed EF-18

In this video grab taken from a footage on August 13, 2019, and distributed by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, a view of Russian air force's Su-27 fighter jet, seen from the window of a passenger plane carrying Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu over the Baltic Sea.

The aircraft which the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation fighter attempted to approach was carrying the Russian defense minister, according to the Russian television channel RT. Having done so, the fighter returned to its base in Lithuania.

Shoigu's plane was on the way from Kaliningrad to Moscow with an escort of two Sukhoi-27s of the Baltic Fleet.

The Su-27 Flanker is a Russian fourth-generation fighter jet that has been around since the 1980s. Then it zooms to the Spanish Air Force F/A-18 flying alongside the Defense Minister's aircraft.

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The chaotic situation eventually ended when protesters allowed ambulance workers to take the man away on a stretcher. The man was later driven away in an ambulance after fellow protesters and volunteer medics carried him away.

A similar incident occurred in 2017, when a Polish F-16 fighter approached Shoigu's plane over the Baltic Sea and a Russian jet pushed it away.

TASS earlier reported Shoigu was visiting Kaliningrad for a ceremony marking the start of construction on a branch of the Nakhimov Naval School, among other activities.

Kaliningrad's location, cut off from the Russian "mainland" and sandwiched between two European Union member states, Lithuania and Poland, means that flights to and from the exclave often come close to the coastline of Lithuania in particular.

The F/A-18 Hornet by McDonnell Douglas is a multirole fighter which has been extensively used by the United States and many of its allies throughout the years.

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