RAF fighter jets have been despatched to intercept two Russian nuclear bombers over the North Sea after British troops had been deployed on the Polish border amid a Kremlin-backed migrant disaster.
The Typhoons had been scrambled from Lossiemouth, Scotland, and Coningsby, Lincolnshire, together with a refuelling jet from Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, on Friday.
The two Russian Tu-160 ‘White Swan’ bombers entered ‘the UK space of curiosity,’ the MoD confirmed, with out giving additional particulars.
Radar radar information advised the Kremlin warplanes had been retreating north into worldwide airspace over the North Sea at round 12.45pm.
The incursion comes with Europe at battle stations: Vladimir Putin is backing a ‘hybrid warfare’ utilizing migrants to sow chaos at Poland’s border whereas sending tens of 1000’s of troops to the frontier with Ukraine for a potential invasion.
British Royal Engineers had been right this moment deployed alongside the Polish frontier with Belarus to hold out ‘reconnaissance’ with their NATO allies.
That transfer got here simply hours after Russian troopers parachuted from the sky in snap drills, simply 30 miles from the migrant encampment.
Flight monitoring information confirmed an RAF Voyager Tanker from RAF Brize Norton was despatched to shadow the incident over the North Sea
Radar confirmed a NATO warplane was dispatched from Cologne and circled across the Norwegian coast earlier than heading again to Germany.
A Typhoon fighter jet over RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire (file photograph)
A Russian Tu-160 (the nearer jet) over Belarusian airspace right this moment
Fears are rising of an imminent battle in japanese Europe as Russia and Belarus perform snap navy drills near the place a migrant disaster is taking part in out on Poland’s border, whereas Washington warns Putin is making ready to invade japanese Ukraine
Poland’s defence minister, Mariusz Blaszczak, mentioned: ‘[Polish and British] troopers will co-operate in strengthening the fence of the Polish-Belarusian border.’
The MoD added: ‘A small staff of UK Armed Forces personnel have deployed following an settlement with the Polish Government to discover how we will present engineering help to handle the continuing scenario on the Belarus border.’
Russian nuclear bombers had been additionally flying over Belarus for a 3rd day working as Putin remained firmly behind Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko who’s accused of ‘weponising migrants’ by the West.
Thousands of determined refugees from the Middle East and North Africa have been ferried to the Belarus-Poland border this week by Lukashenko’s safety forces, prompting Poland to deploy 15,000 troops alongside the road.
Separately, Washington warned its European allies that Putin may very well be making ready for an invasion of Ukraine’s japanese borders – a whole bunch of miles from the place the migrant disaster is taking part in out – after satellites noticed troops, tanks and artillery items massing there.
Ukraine – which has been preventing a proxy-war towards Russian-backed separatists in its japanese areas for years – has moved 8,500 extra troops to the area in response.
Addressing the disaster right this moment, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denounced what he known as ‘elevated provocations’ towards Russia, saying his nation ‘cannot keep detached to that; we should be on our guard.’
‘We take measures to make sure our safety when opponents take defiant motion close to our borders,’ Peskov added.
Russia and Belarus mentioned paratroopers from each nations had been concerned in joint drills in Gozhsky right this moment, positioned simply 20 miles from the Polish border the place migrants are attempting to cross
The Belarusian defence ministry mentioned the troops practiced capturing bridges, searching down and destroying targets, and defeating enemy patrols through the drill to ‘take a look at fight readiness’
The shock coaching mission got here because it was revealed British navy engineers at the moment are on the border to strengthen the defences, amid warnings from all sides that the scenario dangers spilling over into armed battle
Poland has deployed some 15,000 troops to its japanese border the place they’ve spent a lot of this week making an attempt to carry again 1000’s of migrants that Lukashenko’s regime is accused of forcing into the area
Poland, together with the leaders of close by Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, has been warning that the disaster has the potential to spill over right into a full-blown battle
The navy drills are happening simply 20 miles from the Kuznica border crossing with Poland, the place 1000’s of migrants are at present gathered making an attempt to cross over
Poland has reported dozens of makes an attempt to cross the border right this moment, together with a gaggle of migrants who broke via the Belarusian facet of the crossing and commenced making an attempt to cross the Polish facet of the fence
The Royal Netherlands Air Force on Friday mentioned that it had additionally scrambled fighters, two F-16s, to the North Sea after recognizing the Russian bombers. The air power mentioned it handed over to allies from the RAF.
Flight monitoring information confirmed a NATO warplane was dispatched from Cologne and circled across the Norwegian coast earlier than heading again to Germany.
An RAF spokesman mentioned: ‘Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon fighters from RAF Lossiemouth & Coningsby, supported by a Voyager Tanker from RAF Brize Norton, have been launched towards an unidentified plane approaching the UK space of curiosity.
‘We is not going to offer any extra element on this ongoing operation till full.’