Support The Moscow Times!

NATO Scrambles Jets

RIGA, Latvia — NATO scrambled two fighter aircraft during an alliance exercise in Latvia to check on two Russian bombers that flew through nearby Baltic Sea air space without identifying themselves, Latvia’s Defense Ministry said.

Airis Rikveilis, a ministry spokesman, said two Russian Air Force Su-24s were spotted flying over international Baltic waters between the Latvian ports of Liepaja and Vetspils on Monday.

“[They] were flying in the direction of Kaliningrad,” Rikveilis said. “It is not a friendly gesture. [But] our security was not threatened.”


Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

Please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world's largest country.