In the late afternoon of Friday the 28th of August, a B-52 bomber was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 fighter in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.
NATO say that the intercept occurred as the B-52 bomber was closing in on Danish airspace in the vicinity of the Island of Bornholm. The Russian Su-27, flying from Kaliningrad, followed the B-52 well into Danish airspace over the island, committing a significant violation of airspace of a NATO nation.
“This incident demonstrates Russia’s disrespect of international norms and for the sovereign airspace of an Allied nation. We remain vigilant, ready and prepared to secure NATO airspace 24/7,” said General Jeff Harrigian, Commander of NATO’s Allied Air Command.
On Friday an intercept occurred as a B-52 bomber was entering Danish airspace. NATO say that a Russian Su-27, flying from Kaliningrad, followed the B-52 into Danish airspace. This is a video from earlier that day showing a "unsafe, unprofessional" intercept over the Black Sea. pic.twitter.com/OEM2gjUmb4
— UK Defence Journal (@UKDefJournal) August 31, 2020
This happened as the the bombers were deployed to “fly over all 30 NATO members in one day”.
Danish Quick Reaction Alert aircraft were launched to counter the violation, however the violating Russian fighters turned back before interception. The Danish jets remained airborne however, say NATO.
“The unauthorised intrusion of sovereign airspace is a significant violation of international law. Friday’s incident is the first of this kind for several years and indicates a new level of Russian provocative behavior. The B-52 bomber was taking part in the long-planned training activity ‘Allied Sky’, where six B-52 aircraft flew over all 30 NATO member nations in one single day, accompanied by and training with around 80 fighter aircraft from across the Alliance.”