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Russia says it intercepted 2 US strategic bombers over Barents Sea

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Russian Defense Ministry says fighter jet dispatched to identify approaching aircraft, there was no violation of state border

Russia on Sunday said that it intercepted two American strategic bombers as they were approaching the country’s border over the Barents Sea.

A statement by the Russian Defense Ministry said that the country’s control equipment detected a group of aircraft approaching Russian airspace, due to which it dispatched a MiG-31 fighter jet to identify the aircraft and prevent any violations.

“The Russian fighter crew identified the aerial target as a pair of US Air Force B-1B strategic bombers,” the statement said.

It further said the strategic bombers adjusted their flight course as the Russian fighter jet approached them, after which it returned safely to its home airfield.

There was no violation of Russia’s state border, the statement also said, adding that the Russian fighter jet’s maneuvers were carried out “in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace over neutral waters and in compliance with safety measures.”

The US authorities have not yet commented on the statement.

Source: DailySabah

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