US and Swedish jets were intercepted by a Russian Su-27 fighter jet on Monday when they approached the Baltic Sea.

The incident happened near the Russian border where NATO is holding drills, according to news agency TASS.

The jets were escorted to prevent the violation of Russia’s state border, the Defense Ministry said today.

In a statement they added: "On June 10, Russia airspace control means over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea detected two air targets approaching Russia’s state border.

"A Su-27 fighter jet of the Baltic Fleet’s Air Defense Forces was scrambled to intercept the targets."

TASS added that the Russian fighter jet’s crew approached the air targets at a safe distance and identified them as the US RC-135 and Swedish Gulfstream reconnaissance jets.

The Baltops-2019 NATO naval drills are held from June 9-21 in the southern part of the Baltic Sea.

Around 40 ships and submarines, and 40 aircraft from 18 countries will take part in the military exercise.

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