"Russian warplanes risking safety of European airliners, says NATO chief"
"Russia is placing civilian flights at risk by dispatching jet fighters and bombers into European airspace without following safety procedures, according to NATO’s secretary general."
"Jens Stoltenberg told the Telegraph that NATO fighters had intercepted Russian military aircraft over 100 times so far this year, compared with 30 such incidents in 2013."
This particular image shows the amount of commercial air traffic in the skies over Europe at the exact moment of the recent Malaysia Airlines shoot-down.Quite extensive, isn't it.
It is not so much that the Russian air force is conducting their various long-range flights in international airspace as they are DOING SO WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING OR FOLLOWING NORMAL PROCEDURES. AS GUARANTEED BY INTERNATIONAL PROTOCOLS THE RUSSIAN IS A SIGNATORY TO.
The Russian too is trigger-happy. At least during the time of the Cold War AS MANY AS FORTY INTERNAL COMMERCIAL AEROFLOT AIRCRAFT BLASTED FROM THE SKIES BY SOVIET AIR DEFENSE, SUCH WAS THE SKITTISHNESS OF THE PVO!
That detail revealed at the time of the KAL007 incident from over thirty years ago now.