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Finland: Two Russian MiG-31 fighter jets violated our airspace

Finland: Two Russian MiG-31 fighter jets violated our airspace

Two Russian MiG-31 fighter jets allegedly violated Finnish airspace near the coastal city of Porvoo in the Gulf of Finland.

The alleged violation occurred at 06:40 GMT on Thursday and the planes were heading west, defense ministry communications chief Kristian Vakkuri said, adding that the plane was in Finnish airspace for two minutes.

"The depth of the suspected violation in Finnish airspace was one kilometer ," said Vakkuri.

The Finnish Air Force sent "an operational flight mission" and identified the MiG-31 aircraft, and the Border Guard launched an investigation into the breach.

The incident occurred as Finland seeks NATO membership following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The Finnish Security and Intelligence Service warned in May that "Russia has the will" to influence Finland's NATO application process and "various attempts to do so are expected".

All 30 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization must agree if Finland and Sweden are admitted. Ratification can take up to one year.

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