Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Russia Says Jet Fighter Intercepted US Bomber Over Baltic Sea

Russia Says Jet Fighter Intercepted US Bomber Over Baltic Sea

Russia's air force has intercepted a USA strategic bomber flying near its Baltic Sea coastline, escorting it away from Russian sovereign airspace, state news agency Itar-Tass reports.

According to a report by Russia's official TASS news agency, a Russian SU-27 fighter jet intercepted and escorted a US B-52 bomber flying along Russia's border over the Baltic Sea.

The B-52, according to the ministry, was over global waters and flying near "Russia's state borders".

The defense ministry did not specify where exactly the intercept happened.

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The US and Russian air forces clashed again when a Russian fighter jet intercepted a US Air Force bomber over the Baltic Sea.

After the American warplane left the airspace near Russia, the Russian fighter jet returned to its base of deployment, the statement said.

B-52 bombers first entered service in the 1950s and will fly long into the 21st century as the workhorse of the Air Force's bomber fleet. The U.S. military in Europe was not immediately available to comment on the intercept. The planes kept apart and at a safe distance, it added. United States officials pointed out that the Russian jets were unarmed and did not stray from worldwide airspace.

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