Sweden intercepts Russian planes over Baltic amid regional tensions

March 24, 2015 11:12 AM

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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish fighters intercepted four Russian planes flying in international air space over the Baltic sea with their transponders turned off, the country's military said on Tuesday.

Relations between the West and Russia have soured as a result of Moscow's role in the conflict in Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea, while increased Russian military activity in the Baltic has added to tension.

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