Sukhoi Su-27 jet fighters perform during the "Russia Arms Expo 2013" 9th international exhibition of arms, military equipment and ammunition, in the Urals city of Nizhny Tagil September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: MILITARY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTX13Z1B

NATO jets intercepted a skein of Russian combat aircraft, flying alongside Russian bomber planes above the Baltic Sea last Tuesday and Thursday—twice in a week, Lithuania’s government reports.
The uptick of Russian approaches to the airspace of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania since Moscow’s annexation of another former Soviet territory—Crimea in 2014—has unnerved and convinced them that the Kremlin may harbor similar designs for their lands. Although Russia has denied it would attack any NATO state, its reinforcement actions and posturing for offensive, not defensive maneuvers, has kept nerves on the alliance’s eastern flank on edge.
According to Lithuania’s Ministry of Defense, which currently hosts the multinational police mission of jets from NATO that assist in preventing incursions into the country’s airspace, Russian jets approached allied airspace February 14 and 16.
Sukhoi Su-27 jet fighters perform during the Russia Arms Expo 2013, the 9th international exhibition of arms, military …
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