United States fighters escort Russian bombers during training flight: Russian military

US Air Force stealth fighter jets intercept 2 Russian nuclear-capable bombers off Alaska coast

The approach by the two Tupolev Tu-95 Russian "Bear" aircraft marked the first time in just over a year that Russian bombers had flown that close to us territory.

Russian bombers entered identification zone air defense of the United States US Fighters intercepted Russian military airplanes near the Western coast of Alaska. At no time did the bombers enter North American sovereign airspace, said the NORAD spokesman, Canadian Army Maj.

The Russian long-range bombers flew into the Air Defense Identification Zone, which extends approximately 200 miles off Alaska's western coast.

The Russian Defense Ministry stated that US F-22 fighter jets had been escorting Russian long-range aircraft for 40 minutes without approaching them closer than 100 meters.

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Encounters between Russian warplanes and USA fighter planes have become more frequent in recent years, as Russia seeks to make a display of its military strength.

The intercept was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon. The bombers never entered USA airspace, he said. In January, a Russian Russian Su-27 came within 1.5 meters of a U.S. Navy surveillance plane while it was flying in worldwide airspace over the Black Sea.

It is the first incident of the kind since USA jets intercepted Russian aircraft over a year ago on May 3, 2017.

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