Tensions rise when Russian fighter jets intercept a US bomber over the border and escort the plane away.
According to a Russian Defense Ministry report, Russian fighter fighters scrambled and intercepted an American B-52 bomber as it approached the Russian border over the Pacific Ocean.
Russian radars observed hostile aircraft nearing Russian airspace border over the Eastern region of the nation, according to RIA news agency, citing an official source. Three modern Sukhoi-35S fighter aircraft were dispatched from Russia’s eastern military zone almost immediately to intercept the approaching threat.
The aircraft was identified by Russian pilots as a US Air Force B-52H strategic bomber.
The bomber made a U-turn and left the area as the fighter fighters escorted it away from Russian airspace.
Once the threat had been neutralized, the Russian jets returned to their base.
There was no breach of Russian airspace, and all interactions between the planes followed international air protocol and safety standards.
Following severe standoffs during the Cold War, Russia and the United States are historically cautious of each other.
Moscow has become increasingly cognizant of NATO’s eastward expansion and has taken steps to counter a buildup of NATO forces on its eastern European border.
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