Russia 'invades' UK sky 18 times

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THE government has been urged by MPs to get tough with Moscow over unauthorised incursions by Russian warplanes into airspace around Britain.

The Commons defence committee said such incidents had happened on 18 separate days over the past two years.

Although the aircraft did not enter British territorial airspace, under international rules the Russians are supposed to notify the authorities of flights that pass through the wider "UK flight information region".

The committee said the flights could endanger civil aircraft flying in the same area.