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Video shot by the Dutch Royal airforce show fighter jets assigned to NATO's Baltic Air Policing Mission making several intercepts of groups of Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea.

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A NATO spokesperson said on Tuesday fighter jets assigned to NATO's Baltic Air Policing Mission carried out several intercepts of groups of Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea and off the coast of Norway on Monday.

Over 30 types of Russian military aircraft including bombers, fighters and transport aircraft, were involved in the intercept carried out by the Royal Netherlands Air Force, NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu said in a statement.

Lungesco said all the aircraft were in international airspace and followed a series of intercepts of similar types of Russian aircraft by NATO fighter jets over the weekend.

The statement said "While most of the intercepts conducted by NATO over the Baltic Sea are routine, the first intercept on Sunday of six Russian strategic and long-range bombers represented a significant level of activity by Russia. We saw similar activity on 31 October when four Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers and four Il-78 tanker aircraft few from Russia, over the North Sea, and down to the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Portugal. They were intercepted by Norwegian, British, and Portuguese aircraft."

It continued "Russian military activity has been considerable during the last few months. Such activity can be destabilising and potentially dangerous, if international norms are not respected. NATO remains vigilant, and all the measures we are taking are defensive and in line with our international obligations. As NATO leaders decided at the Wales summit, we continue to adapt our structures and capabilities to ensure we are prepared to defend against any potential threat to our collective security."

The video was shot by Dutch F-16 pilots temporarily stationed at Malbork Airbase for NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission and officially released by the Dutch Ministry of Defence.

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