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Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL2765, tabled on 10 November 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many close encounters between Russian and NATO aircraft and ships took place in (1) 2012, (b) 2013, and (3) 2014 to date.

Answered on

24 November 2014

NATO is unable to provide the information for release in the form requested especially regarding ships. However, NATO aircraft have conducted over 100 intercepts of Russian military aircraft in 2014 to date. This is about three times more than were conducted in 2013. There are no figures for public release available for 2012. At a national level, the RAF's Quick Reaction Alert aircraft launched on five days this year (up to 30 September), eight days in 2013 and nine days in 2012 in response to Russian military aviation that approached or entered the NATO air policing area for which the UK has responsibility. The Royal Navy, so far this year, has conducted eight short notice tasks, which includes responding to Russian Federation Navy vessels that approach UK waters, and completed 13 in 2013 and six in 2012.