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US Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Bombers off Alaskan Coast

14 May 2018
US Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Bombers off Alaskan Coast

The two TU-95 "Bear" bombers were flying to the Air Defense Identification Zone, about 322 km off the Alaska West Coast, about 10 am (local time), according to a statement in the CNN of Major Canadian Army representative (NAADC), Andrew Hennessy, of the Canadian Army.

Russia's state-run news agency TASS said the USA jets did not come within "100 metres" of the Russian aircraft. The Russian aircraft never entered US airspace, CNN reported, citing the statement.

The intercept was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

"The Russian military is within its right to operate within global airspace, but they must behave within worldwide standards set to ensure safety and prevent incidents, including the 1972 Agreement for the Prevention of Incidents on and Over the High Seas (INCSEA)", said a Navy spokeswoman at the time. The aircraft are capable of carrying nuclear bombs, but it unclear what weapons they had on board, if any.

United States F-22's intercepted two Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers near Alaska on Friday.

Russian Federation has increased its military presence in the area since it annexed Crimea in 2014.

Earlier this month, a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet flew within 20 feet of a U.S. P-8 surveillance aircraft over the Baltic Sea - a minuscule distance considering the aircraft move at hundreds of miles an hour - in an incident the US military called safe but unprofessional. The report was only compiled for 2014 and not for the subsequent years.