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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jet Scrambled to Intercept 'Fast Cloud'

An Air Force fighter jet was scrambled and dispatched to the border with Lithuania to intercept an intruding aircraft, which later turned out to be a thick, fast-moving cloud, Itar-Tass reported.

Anatoly Lobsky, an aide to the Russian Baltic Fleet commander, told Itar-Tass late Wednesday that a Su-27 fighter was ordered into the air near the Baltic Sea enclave of Kaliningrad after radar spotted a light plane entering Russian airspace from Lithuania.

The plane found nothing after reaching the border area near the Lithuanian city of Kibartai, Itar-Tass said.

The fleet's air defense command post and military officials in Lithuania and Poland later revealed the intruder was actually a thick cloud that was being driven by a strong wind, Lobsky said.

Lithuanian military spokesman Ricardas Uzelka said Lithuania had no knowledge of the incident Wednesday. "No Russian planes entered Lithuanian territory, nor did [our] planes enter Kaliningrad air space," Uzelka said.