A couple of Russian supersonic nuclear bombers grumbled in North America on Saturday, forcing US and Canadian fighters to shoot and intercept them, the US military said.
The two Russian Tu-160 blackjack bombers remained "in international airspace" but were accompanied by two US F-22 F-22 fighters and two Canadian CF-18 jets, according to a North American statement Aerospace Defense Command, better known as NORAD.
The US jets flew from an Air Force base in Alaska.
The Russian bomber flight near North America – the first known flight of the year – coincides with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's visit to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan, and National Security Advisor John Bolton.
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According to US officials, President Trump meant pulling the United States out of NATO.
Reconnaissance planes routinely fly off the coast of Russia and the Russian-occupied Crimea and stay just outside the 12-nautical -emile border of terrorism.
In 2017, American atomic bomb bombers flew over the Baltic Sea and were intercepted by Russian fighter jets.
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. A similar scenario occurred when Russian bombers flew near Alaska on September 11, before the US intercepted them with F-22.
In early December, two Russian Tu-160 blackjack bombers from Russia flew in a sign to Venezuela supporting the embattled President Nicholas Maduro.