Italian jets intercept another Russian snooper

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NATO's Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission was active again Friday with a scramble to intercept another Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea.

This time the object of BAP's attentions was the familiar Ilyushin-20 or 'Coot', used by the Russian military for electronic surveillance and intelligence gathering purposes.

It is the fourth time this year that an Il-20 has been intercepted by BAP.

The Russian plane was intercepted by Italian Air Force Typhoons.

Russia has failed to explain why it risks a civilian airline disaster by allowing its military planes to fly with their transponders turned off despite repeated requests from western countries that they do so.  

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