March 16, 2014
Aleksandr Lukashenko, the president of Belarus, asked Moscow for help after the RAF deployed AWACS to surveil neighboring Ukraine. Russia responded by putting six Sukhoi fighter jets on alert. The UKWACS are part of the NATO force in Europe.
From the Daily Star today:
The six Sukhoi jets are armed with live missiles, sparking fears we could be on the verge of a new Cold War face-off.
Nato has ordered the huge Awacs radar plane to monitor Russia’s Black Sea fleet and army activity on the ground.
The plane, based on a Boeing 707 airliner, can fly direct from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire to loiter high in the sky listening to “electronic noise” in the area.
Crews are under strict orders to remain within Polish and Romanian airspace to avoid any conflict with the Russians.
See our NATO Deploys AWACS as Crimea Organizes Self-defense Forces from last week.