Finland furious as Russian MiG-31 fighter jets ‘violate airspace’ in direct threat to NATO

Russia 'already targeting' Sweden and Finland says Rinkēvičs

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The Finnish border force has launched an investigation into reports that two Russia MiG-31 fighter jets infringed on Finnish airspace on Thursday morning. The two jets were reported in the Gulf of Finland, near the city of Porvoo.

The suspected violation of Finnish airspace was reported at 6.40am GMT.

Finnish communications chief Kristian Vakkuri told Reuters that the aircraft were believed to have been travelling westbound.

He added: “The depth of the suspected violation into Finnish airspace was one kilometre.”

On Thursday, the Russian Interfax news agency reported the Russian defence ministry had relocated three of its MiG-31 warplanes.


The planes, carrying Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, were to be moved to Kaliningrad, the agency added.

The Baltic Sea base is in close proximity to Lithuania and Poland, which are both members of NATO.

Finland, along with Sweden, broke a long-held foreign policy staple of non-alignment earlier this year to apply for NATO membership.

The move came as a direct response to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.


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