Poland’s national football team was escorted by military fighter jets as it travelled to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup amid rising tensions with Russia.
It comes just days after two Polish citizens were killed by a missile strike.
The New York Post reports that the team’s official account posted a video showing a pair of F-16 planes flying alongside their aircraft.
The plane was emblazoned with the words ‘Republic of Poland’.
The tweet read: “We were escorted to the southern border of Poland by F16 planes!
“Thank you and greetings to the pilots!”
Photos show the jet flying side by side with the plane, with the Polish flag draped just below the windshield.
Do boju Polsko 🇵🇱⚽️. Dziękujemy pilotom z bazy lotnictwa w Krzesinach. pic.twitter.com/aTvY7scbah— Łukasz Wachowski (@LukasWachowski) November 17, 2022
The account later tweeted: “When you are a pilot, but also a fan of the Polish national team!”
According to the Post via local sources, the pilots accompanied the team until they left the country’s airspace.
The Polish national team later confirmed that the players and staff had made their way safely to Qatar and had touched down in Doha.
Poland’s government have been on high alert since a Soviet-era missile landed in the rural town of Przewodow near the border of Ukraine and killed two people.
It sparked concerns that it would lead to an escalation of war with Poland being a member of NATO.
It marked the first time a missile was fired into a territory protected by the alliance during Russia’s war in Ukraine.