Russian long-range military aircraft regularly perform flights to remote geographic areas in order to train crews and certify equipment capabilities. These activities are conducted in strict accordance with international airspace regulations, without violation of other states’ national borders. This can be confirmed by objective control data in every particular case.
At the same time, the intensity of Russian long-range aviation flights cannot compare to overall activity of military aircraft of NATO States and some of the closest partners of the Alliance. Particularly, in 2014 one could notice considerable growth of flights by US and NATO States’ reconnaissance aircraft over the territory of the Baltic States, as well as over the Baltic and Barents Seas – up to 8-12 flights per week. Their air routes laid in the immediate vicinity of Russian borders.
US Air Force RC-135 strategic reconnaissance aircraft performed more than 140 such flights in 2014, compared to 22 flights in 2013.