USA fighter jets intercept Russian bombers in global airspace off Alaska

Air Force intercepts 2 Russian bombers off Alaska coast

Air Force intercepts 2 Russian bombers off Alaska coast

Accompanied by MiG-31 and Su-35 fighters, the Russian jets flew over the neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean, the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk and conducted re-fueling in the air, the ministry's spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

Russia's state-run news agency TASS said the USA jets did not come within "100 metres" of the Russian aircraft.

U.S. F-22 stealth fighters intercepted two bombers off the coast of Alaska on Friday, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

The Cold War-era Russian bombers, which date to the 1950s, were intercepted by U.S. Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets about 10 a.m. EDT.

CNN reports U.S. F-22s intercepted Russian bombers in a similar incident near Alaska in May 2017. At no time did the bombers enter North American sovereign airspace.

Russian bombers TU-95 and TU-142 were escorted by two F-22 fighter jets in global airspace for 40 minutes, the RIA news agency cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying on Saturday.

According to CBS News, the Russian bombers entered an air defence identification zone about 200 miles west of Alaska.

The intercept was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon. In January, a Russian Russian Su-27 came within 1.5 meters of a U.S. Navy surveillance plane while it was flying in worldwide airspace over the Black Sea.

Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and State Division producer for Fox Information Channel.

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