US Air Force bombers in tense mid-air standoff with Russian fighter jet close to border

Two US strategic bombers engaged in a tense mid-air confrontation over the Baltic Sea with a Russian fighter jet.

The Center for Defense Control – part of the Russian Defense Ministry – said that the B-1B bombers were flying towards Russian boundary.

Su-27 fighter jets intercepted 2 US bombers that were supposed to fly towards Russia (file photo)


Su-27 fighter jets intercepted 2 US bombers that were supposed to fly towards Russia (file photo)Credit: UK MOD

According to the center, Russian radar captured two planes in the sky. Baltic Sea near the Russian border.

A Su-27 fighter jet of the Baltic Fleet took to the air.

The crew of the Russian fighter classified the air targets as two US Air Force B-1B strategic bombers and occupied the established aerial surveillance zone, the NCUO said. .

“After removing foreign military aircraft from the state borders of the Russian Federation, Russian fighter jets returned to their home airfields.”

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On March 21 of this year, a Russian Su-35 fighter took off to intercept 2 US strategic bombers who are also flying over the Baltic Sea.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the plane was identified as two US Air Force B-52 strategic bombers “flying in the direction of the state border of the Russian Federation”.

Before the B-52s were intercepted by by Vladimir Putin aircraft, a photo shows them being escorted by Polish F-16 jets over the Baltic Sea.

It comes later Russian The fighter jet dumped fuel on an American Reaper drone before crashing into it over the Black Sea.

The ministry said a Su-35 fighter jet took off to prevent border violations.

After that, “foreign military aircraft left the national border of the Russian Federation, Russian fighters returned to the base airfield”.

The ministry added that the flight of the Su-35 strictly complied with international rules on the use of airspace during the time of the incident.

“It is not allowed to violate the national borders of the Russian Federation,” it said.

A week earlier, a Russian Su-27 jet crashed into the propeller of an MQ-9 Reaper drone, causing it to plunge into the sea.

The drone was shot down while flying near the Russian-occupied Crimea peninsula and Ukraine frontline.

Moscow denied their warplanes had come into contact with the drones and insisted they did not fire weapons to shoot down the drones, which would be an act of war.

This area has seen tension NATO military operations and close to the front lines of Ukrainian war.

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Russians said they Win the race to retrieve the drone from 3,000 ft below the Black Sea.

The put down of drones is a part of Russia increasingly dangerous behavior patterns which experts fear could spark a broader conflict.


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