Russia said on Tuesday it had dispatched a Su-27 fighter jet to “prevent violations of national borders” by two US Air Force strategic bombers flying over the Baltic Sea.
“After removing foreign military aircraft from Russia’s national borders, the Russian fighter jet returned to its airbase,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The statement said the military prevented the border breach, adding that “the flight of the Russian fighter jet was carried out in strict compliance with international rules on the use of airspace”.
Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Pat Ryder confirmed that the US plane was intercepted by Russia, saying that the B-1 bombers were participating in a “long-planned exercise in Europe”. “.
This is the latest in a series of similar incidents.
Just over a week ago, Russia said two planes, one German and one French, were intercepted while trying to “invade” their airspace.
In mid-April, Russia sent fighter jets to escort a German naval aircraft over the Baltic Sea.
In March, an American drone crashed after colliding with a Russian jet over the Black Sea.
The Russian Defense Ministry said it had dispatched jets after spotting a US drone over the Black Sea, but denied causing the crash, saying the plane had lost control.
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