Dutch fighter jets intercept three Russian military aircraft near Poland

According to defense sources, a formation of Russian military aircraft that was flying close to Polish airspace was intercepted by two Dutch F-35 fighter fighters.

According to the Netherlands defense ministry, the incident occurred Monday when "the then-unknown aircraft approached

the Polish NATO area of responsibility from Kaliningrad," a Russian outpost on the Baltic Sea.

According to Netherlands officials, "after identification, it turned out to be three aircraft: a Russian IL-20M Coot-A that was escorted by two Su-27 Flankers."

The formation was escorted by Dutch F-35s from a distance before being turned over to NATO allies.

The Russian Ilyushin Il-20M surveillance aircraft is known by NATO as the "Coot-A," whereas the Sukhoi Co. 's Su-27 "Flanker" is a fighter aircraft.

The jets were flying over international waters, according to the Polish military ministry, and "none of [its] airspace has been affected."

It added in a statement that "Dutch F-35s based at the 22nd Tactical Air Base in Malbork were scrambled on Monday to detect

and intercept three Russian aircraft that were operating close to Polish airspace."

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