The plane with Shoigu on board, followed from Kaliningrad to Moscow with an escort of two fighter aircraft of the Baltic Fleet Su-27.

Over neutral waters, Shoigu tried to get close to the F-18, but the Su-27 pilots did not allow him to get close to the airliner, pushing the fighter out.

On August 12, it was reported that two Russian strategic missile carriers Tu-95MS conducted a planned flight over the waters of the Barents, Norwegian and North Seas. At certain stages of the flight route, Russian planes accompanied the Norwegian Air Force F-16 fighters.