A NATO F-18 fighter jet was filmed attempting to approach the Russian defence minister's plane in international airspace above the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea on Tuesday.

In footage released by Russia's Ministry of Defence, the NATO jet can be seen being pushed away by a Sukhoi Su-27 jet, which was escorting Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu's plane.

Shoigu was travelling from Kaliningrad to Moscow. His plane was being escorted by two Su-27 jets.

The MoD said in a statement that the F-18 jet "did not manage to get close" to Shoigu's aircraft.

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