>> A stand-off in the skies exposing tensions between Moscow and NATO. A NATO F-16, on Wednesday, buzzing a plane carrying Russia's defense minister, despite it flying over neutral waters, according to Russian media. One of the Russian fighter jets escorting Sergey Shoygu's plane seen approaching from the left of the screen, and tilting it's wings at the NATO jet to show off its weaponry.
The F-16 then said to have quickly left the area. NATO later said it tracked three Russian aircraft over the Baltic, including two fighter jets which didn't respond to either air traffic control or request to identify themselves. Earlier this month, Russia scrambled a jet to intercept a nuclear capable US B-52 bomber that it said it was flying near it's border.
The US military said its aircraft was within the international air space. Since the annexation of Crimea in 2014, NATO has increasingly seen Russia as an adversary. 4,500 troops have been deployed in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland, to the west of Russia's border. War games like these in Lithuania this week angering Moscow, which accuses NATO of an anti-Russian policy.
After his eventful flight, Shoygu told the defense ministry meeting that the situation on Russia's borders has, quote, a tendency to deteriorate.