U.S. fighter jets intercept Russian bombers in Alaska

Two F-22 fighter jets from the 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Alaska conduct approach training in this U.S. Air Force

The Russian aircraft never entered USA airspace, according to CNN, citing military officials.

Regular air patrols by Russian planes over neutral waters in seas and oceans around the world are carried out in strict accordance with global regulations on the use of airspace.

The two TU-95 "Bear" bombers were flying to the Air Defense Identification Zone, about 322 km off the Alaska West Coast, about 10 am (local time), according to a statement in the CNN of Major Canadian Army representative (NAADC), Andrew Hennessy, of the Canadian Army. Russia's Tupolev Tu-95 aircraft were escorted by two F-22 jets of the US Air Force at some section of the route, which did not approach them closer than 100 meters, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov told reporters on Saturday.

Two separate protection officers reached by Fox Information stated the Russian bombers got here inside 55 miles of Alaska's west coast. The officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss that portion of the intercept.

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The Russian aircraft were monitored by the F-22s until the bombers left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Islands. The Russian Sukhoi Su-27 jet came within 20 feet of the American P-8 in global airspace.

The final time Russian bombers flew as near Alaska was Could 3, 2017, officers advised Fox Information. At no time did the bombers enter North American sovereign airspace.

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

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