Sweden reportedly intercepted four suspected Russian nuclear bombers that violated their airspace earlier this month.
Swedish media reported that two Su-24 bombers and two Sukhoi Su-27 fighters intruded into Swedish airspace but were intercepted by a pair JAS 39 Gripen jet fighters last March 2.
The Russian planes reportedly came from Chernyakhovsk Air Base in Kaliningrad and were headed to the island of Gotland.
The Swedish military however has not confirmed if the jets were actually armed with nuclear payloads when they were intercepted.
‘We assess it as a conscious action. Which is very serious especially as [Russia] is a warring country. I can not rule out incorrect navigation, but everything indicates that it was a deliberate act. That they violated Sweden’s borders,” said Swedish Air Force Chief Carl-Johan Edström.
Sweden’s Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist condemned the intrusion and vowed diplomatic retribution
The Kremlin has not yet made a statement on the alleged intrusion.
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