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Russian jets suspected of violating Finnish airspace, defence ministry says

Russian jets suspected of violating Finnish airspace, defence ministry says

Russian MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jets carrying hypersonic Kinzhal missiles fly over Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2018. (File photo: AFP/Yuri Kadobnov)

HELSINKI: Two Russian MiG-31 fighter jets are suspected of violating Finnish airspace on Thursday (Aug 18) morning near the coastal city of Porvoo on the Gulf of Finland, the Finnish defence ministry said.

The suspected violation happened at 6.40am GMT and the jets were westbound, communications chief Kristian Vakkuri told Reuters, adding that the aircraft were in Finnish airspace for two minutes.

"The depth of the suspected violation into Finnish airspace was 1km," he said, but would not elaborate on whether the planes were escorted out.

The Finnish air force identified the planes and the Border Guard had already launched an investigation into the violation, the ministry statement added.

Russia's defence ministry on Thursday was cited by Interfax as saying that it had relocated three MiG-31E warplanes equipped with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles to its Kaliningrad region, a Russian Baltic coast exclave between Poland and Lithuania.

Source: Reuters/kg

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