Russia’s National Defense Control Center told reporters on Friday Russian radars had detected three B-52N strategic bombers which were approaching Russia’s sovereign airspace. A spokesman said: “Four Su-27 fighter jets and four Su-30 fighter jets of the Southern Military District’s air defense units on duty were scrambled to intercept the US Air Force aircraft over the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, with the aim to prevent their unauthorized incursion into the Russian airspace.”
After the US aircraft flew away from the border with Russia, the Russian jets returned to home airbases, the Center said.
The spokesman added: “All the flights of the Russian fighter jets took place in strict accordance with international airspace rules.
“The US aircraft were not allowed to illegally cross the state border of the Russian Federation.”
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