A pair of nuclear-capable Russian bombers escorted by SU-35 fighter jets flew over Alaska’s air defense space on Thursday, prompting the US Air Force to scramble two F-22 stealth planes to intercept the Russian aircraft, reports Fox News.
The Russian planes were detected by two American F-22s while conducting an exercise approximately 50 miles southwest of the Alaskan coast.
US officials confirm that the American fighter jets ‘intercepted’ the Russian planes, but added that the Russian fighters were unarmed and never left international airspace.
It is the latest provocation from Russia as the relationship between Moscow and Washington remain at an “all time low.” President Trump spoke with Russian President Putin earlier in the week over a variety of hot-button issues between the two nations, such as the Syrian civil-war and North Korea.
This is not the first time the Russian air force has conducted fly-overs near American airspace.
Last month, Russia flew nuclear bombers off the coast of Alaska for four consecutive nights. This is the first time, according to US officials, that the bombers were escorted by fighter jets.