12:52 May. 13, 2016
Russian aircraft were "unresponsive and did not transmit the recognized identification code"
Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled on Friday from Amari air base in Estonia, to intercept three Russian aircraft approaching the Baltic States.
According to the U.K. Defence Ministry, the decision was taken after the Russian military aircraft did not transmit a recognised identification code and appeared to be unresponsive.
British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon described it as an "act of Russian aggression".
"This is another example of just how important the UK's contribution to the Baltic Air Policing Mission is. We were able to instantly respond to this act of Russian aggression - a demonstration of our commitment to NATO's collective defence," Fallon was quoted by the British media as saying.
Four RAF jets were deployed to join the Baltic Air Policing mission at the end of last month and will remain there until the end of August.
The Baltic Air Policing Mission is a NATO initiative to help other member states such as Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to guard their airspace.