Foreign relations / Security and defence

First encounter between Italian and Russian air force since Ukraine crisis

Two Eurofighter 2000 Typhoon fighters of the Italian Air Force based in Siauliai, Lithuania, were scrambled on Friday to shadow an unidentified Russian plane which had violated the Lithuanian airspace.

The Italian Air Force is taking part to the NATO effort to stem the aerial sorties which have have been routinely made by Russia since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis.

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