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A Russian Flanker, also known as a Sukhoi Su-27, is suspected of entering Finnish airspace at 4.43pm on 6 October, 2016, according to the Finnish Air Force.
A Russian Flanker, also known as a Sukhoi Su-27, is suspected of entering Finnish airspace at 4.43pm on 6 October, 2016, according to the Finnish Air Force.

Two Russian military aircraft are suspected of violating the airspace of Finland on Thursday, reveals the Finnish Air Force.

Both of the suspected incursions occurred outside Porvoo over the Gulf of Finland, the first one at approximately 4.43pm and the second one at approximately 9.33pm. Both of the aircraft have been identified as Sukhoi Su-27s, according to a press release from the Finnish Air Force.

The first fighter jet is suspected of flying 13 kilometres in Finnish airspace at a depth of no more than one kilometre for roughly one minute.

“Russian military aircraft have been active in the Baltic Sea on Thursday. The Finnish Border Guard is investigating the suspected airspace violations and will review the incidents,” says a spokesperson for the Finnish Air Force.

“The Finnish Defence Force monitors the airspace and protects the territorial sovereignty of Finland 24/7,” they add.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Handout / Finnish Air Force
Source: Uusi Suomi

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