Russian Bombers Intercepted After Flying Close To Alaska

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U.S. Air Force jets intercept 2 Russian bombers flying close to Alaska – NBC News

The U.S. Air Force intercepted two Russian bombers that flew close to Alaska on Monday, NORAD said. A pair of U.S. F-16 fighter jets intercepted two Russian Tu-95 Bear-H bombers flying in international airspace off the coast of Alaska Monday, U.S. military officials said. The interception ended without incident and was not considered a threat or a military provocation.

Russia’s defense ministry said on Tuesday that two Tu-95MS strategic bombers had conducted a flight of more than 12 hours over neutral waters, escorted by MiG-31 fighter planes.

The situation between the two countries has grown more tense since Russia invaded Ukraine. In response to this attack, the U.S. has supported with humanitarian and military aid while slamming Moscow with economic sanctions.

Vladimir Putin warned that he would defend Russia’s territorial integrity with nuclear weapons if necessary, and absorbed four Ukrainian regions. When speaking about new U.S.-led sanctions against Russia, Vyacheslav Volodin said that the U.S. could be forced to give back territory, according to RBC Group.

NORAD said it maintained a layered defense network to track and identify aircraft and inform appropriate actions in defense of North America. NORAD uses satellites, ground-based radars, airborne radar and fighter aircraft to maintain territorial sovereignty.

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