June 17, 2020 / 8:52 AM / 2 months ago

U.S. scrambles jets to escort Russian nuclear-capable bombers near its border: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The United States scrambled fighter jets to escort four Russian nuclear-capable Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bombers as they carried out a planned flight near the U.S. border, the RIA news agency cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying.

The Russian aircraft carried out an 11-hour flight over neutral waters of the Chukotsk, Bering and Okhotsk Seas as well as the northern part of the Pacific Ocean, the ministry was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Alex Richardson

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