NATO counted how many times the BBC “were alarmed” because of Russia
BERLIN, April 22 — RIA Novosti. Almost 780 times raised the alarm in Europe NATO fighters in 2016 to identify and monitor Russian aircraft, this is the highest number of departures since the end of the cold war, said the official representative of the NATO air base Ramstein (Germany).
In 2015, the total number of sorties on alert fighter jets, NATO was 410, he added in an interview with dpa news Agency published on Saturday.
This increase, according to the representative of the Alliance, is associated with a significant deterioration in security in the middle East and the military involvement of Russia in the conflict in Syria, which led to frequent crashes of the Turkish air force under the command of NATO in 2016.
According to the representative of the Alliance, departure alarm, not related to Russian aircraft in Europe, relatively rare in the past year was 90, they are associated with the identification and monitoring of military aircraft from other States or not identified from civil and cargo aircraft.