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The journalist of the publication The National Interest called the most likely place of air combat in the event of a clash of interests of Russia and NATO. According to military analyst Trevor Filseth, this will be the sky over the Baltic Sea.
It is in this region that all European countries and Russia fly through international airspace. In this way, they check the reaction time of potential opponents.
The reason for such assumptions was the flight of Russian aircraft over the Baltic Sea on June 15. Two Tu-160 strategic missile carriers flew over neutral waters, accompanied by two Su-27s and two Su-35s. The flight was observed by fighters from Denmark, Italy and Sweden.
As the author of the article notes, the Russian military said that they regularly perform such flights. And all of them comply with the International Rules for the Use of Space Technology.