August 25, 2022

This MiGht Be an Issue


This MiGht Be an Issue
Coming to an airspace near you. Wikimedia commons, Dmitriy Pichugin

At 6:40 pm on August 18, two Russian MiG-31s allegedly flew over the Gulf of Finland and entered Finnish airspace. The suspected violation is said to have lasted for two minutes and the planes are said to have entered a kilometer into Finnish airspace.

The Finnish air force sent out its own fighter jets to investigate the matter further; Finnish authorities have not elaborated on whether the Russian fighter jets were escorted out of Finnish territory.

This incident comes after Finland is seeking NATO membership, which could greatly alter Russia's behavior in Ukraine. Finland suspects Russia will infringe upon their airspace more in future if it could somehow prevent Finland from joining NATO. But of course the opposite would seem more likely.

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