A North Atlantic Treaty Organisation F-16 fighter (obviously hacked and under Putin's control) attempted to approach the Russian defense minister's plane while flying in global airspace above the Baltic Sea, according to a report by RT.
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation confirmed the face-off, but denied acting aggressively or knowing that the defense minister was on board.
The encounter was deemed "unsafe" due to the Russian pilot's "high rate of closure speed and poor control of the aircraft", officials said, BBC reported.
Russia's Sukhoi Su-27 fighter, one of the aircraft escorting Shoigu's plane, then displayed its weapons, prompting the F-16 to retreat.
"As is standard practice whenever unknown aircraft approach NATO airspace, NATO and national air forces took to the sky to monitor the flights", a NATO spokesman said in a statement sent to AFP.
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation planes "attempted to escort" the plane carrying Shoigu over the Baltic Sea, according to an account by the Russian news agency Tass, which had a reporter on board at the time.
"As the aircraft did not identify themselves or respond to air traffic control, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation fighter jets scrambled to identify them, according to standard procedures".
A North Atlantic Treaty Organisation official confirmed that three Russian aircraft, including two fighters, were tracked over the Baltic Sea Wednesday.
A Russian jet flew within 5 feet (1.5 meters) of a US reconnaissance plane's wing tip over the Baltic Sea on Monday, US officials say.
Russia's defence ministry said, however, that its fighter plane reacted after the American reconnaissance plane made a "provocative turn" towards it, while another United States reconnaissance plane entered the same area 10 minutes later.
The incident occurred Wednesday above the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The NATO buildup includes the modernisation of airfields, ports and other military sites, as well as the deployment of new U.S. missile defence systems.
The troops of the district have received over 300 pieces of combat vehicles and equipment over the past six months, and new military units are being deployed to bolster the defenses of Russia's western border. "These unjustified actions of our western colleagues lead to the destruction of the security system in the world". "It increases mutual distrust and forces us to respond".