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Sat Dec 13, 2014, 08:24 PM

Sweden: Another near-miss in Baltic skies [View all]

Source: AP

COPENHAGEN, Denmark

For the second time this year, a Russian military aircraft turned off its transponders to avoid commercial radar and nearly collided with a passenger jet over Sweden, officials said Saturday.

"This is serious. This is inappropriate. This is outright dangerous when you turn off the transponder," Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist said on Swedish radio.

Officials at Russia's Ministry of Defense in Moscow were not immediately available to comment Saturday.

In recent months, Russia has increased its military presence in the Baltic Sea area, prompting some Swedish officials to compare it to the Cold War. In October, non-NATO Sweden launched its first submarine hunt since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Swedish authorities said a small, foreign submarine had entered its waters illegally but never found it and didn't disclose its nationality.

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/world/article4464021.html

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