BRUSSELS – NATO says Russian military activity in the alliance’s airspace has increased slightly this year as its jets have landed more than 400 times across Europe to track or overshadow unknown aircraft.
In a statement issued Monday, NATO said nearly 90%, or about 350 of these missions, were related to flights by Russian military aircraft.
“This is a moderate increase compared to 2019,” NATO said. “Russian military aircraft often do not transmit to transponders showing their position and altitude, do not submit a flight plan or do not communicate with air traffic controllers, which poses a potential risk to civilian aircraft.”
NATO has two air operations centers – one in Germany, which covers northern Europe, and one in Spain, which covers the south – which together monitor all air movements across Europe.