HELSINKI May 21 Finland scrambled jets after it
suspected two Russian aircraft of having entered the country's
airspace over the Gulf of Finland without permission, the Nordic
state's defence ministry said on Wednesday.
Finland shares a 1,300-km (800 mile)border with Russia and
maintains generally cordial relations with its vast eastern
neighbour, but the Ukraine crisis has seen many politicians in
the European Union member state toughen their tone towards
"The airforce undertook operative identification flights," a
Defence Ministry spokesman said, and added that the border guard
was examining data on the possible violations.
The incidents happened within two hours of each other over
the Gulf of Finland on Tuesday afternoon.
The ministry said the planes were state aircraft, a term
which refers to aircraft used in military, customs and police
services. It gave no further detail.
(Reporting by Sakari Suoninen)