12:04 Apr. 18, 2016
Russia's military rejects U.S. criticism of new Baltic encounter
Poland's deputy minister of defence has condemned what he describes as "aggressive" manoeuvres by a Russian fighter jet over the Baltic, following the latest incident in the area.
Yet again we are faced with provocative actions that display an aggressive stance towards the entire North Atlantic Alliance (NATO)," commented Deputy Minister Bartłomiej Misiewicz.
"Watching such actions passively is only a reward for the aggressor," Bartłomiej Misiewicz said.
The latest incident took place on Thursday 14 April, when according to the U.S. military, a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane was barrel-rolled by a Russian jet.
The aviation incident follows the buzzing of warship the USS Donald Cook on 11 April, while the vessel was carrying out deck landing drills with a Polish helicopter.
The following day, a similar incident occurred, and Russian jets "failed to respond to repeated safety advisories in both English and Russian," according to the U.S. Navy.
Deputy Minister Misiewicz has reiterated Poland's calls for a permanent presence of NATO forces in the region, in the lead up to a NATO summit in Warsaw this July.