The Danish government has summoned Russia’s ambassador after a Russian fighter jet allegedly violated airspace over the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea.
On Friday last week, a Russian Su-27 fighter intercepted a US Air Force B-52 Bomber as it approached Danish airspace.
Flying from Russia’s most heavily armed European outpost, the Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad, the fighter jet followed the B-52 well into the airspace over the island, NATO said.
"It is absolutely crucial that everyone – including Russia – adheres to the basic rules of the game and international principles," Danish foreign minister Jeppe Kofod said in a statement.
"It was made clear that it must not be repeated."
In a separate statement, General Jeff Harrigian, Commander of NATO’s Allied Air Command, said Friday’s incident "demonstrates Russia’s disrespect of international norms and for the sovereign airspace of an Allied nation".
He said it was "a significant violation of international law" and it "indicates a new level of Russian provocative behaviour".
It was the first of its kind for several years, Gen Harrigian added.
The American aircraft involved in the Baltic Sea incident was taking part in an activity that saw six B-52 aircraft flying over all 30 NATO member nations in one single day, accompanied by some 80 fighter aircraft from across the alliance.
Cover image: Russian Su-27 was pictured by the US Air Force during the intercept (Picture: NATO/US Air Force).