Poland confirms Dutch fighter jets scrambled to intercept Russian planes

Niamh Kennedy

Poland’s Ministry of Defense has confirmed that Dutch F-35 fighter jets were scrambled on Monday to intercept three Russian aircraft.

“Dutch F-35s stationed at the 22nd Tactical Air Base in Malbork were scrambled on Monday (February 13) in order to identify and intercept 3 Russian aircraft that were operating near Polish airspace,” the Polish Defense Ministry said in a statement sent to CNN on Tuesday.

The defense ministry said that the F-35 fighters were operating over international waters and Polish airspace was not violated.

“The operation was realized as a part of NATO Enhanced Air Policing which inspects the eastern flank of NATO. This was a standard operation realized in this type of situations,” the statement added.

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