The Russian air force has been shadowing German jets over Syria, according regional daily newspaper Rheinische Post.
Germany joined the US-led coalition in December after an appeal by French President Francois Hollande. Germany had voted to send 1,200 military personnel, Tornado jets, refuelling aircraft and a frigate.
According to the Bundeswehr, Russian military aircraft in Syria regularly pursue German jets on reconnaissance missions.
German jets do not take part in combat missions, flying solely “intelligence extraction” sorties, performing “surgically-tactical reconnaissance” and high-resolution imaging.
General Lieutenant Joachim Wundrak dismissed the suggestion that Russia could be trying to prevent Germany from carrying out its objectives, explaining that “to this day there have been no incidents.” However, the German officer said the encounters were a deliberate political move by Moscow to make its presence known.
The German Air Force has a strength of 28,508 personnel, it is the fourth largest air force within the European Union, after the air forces of the United Kingdom, France and Italy.