U.S. aircraft intercept Russian nuclear-capable bombers near Alaska

A handout photo made available by the US Air Force shows an F-22 Raptor taking off at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, USA. EPA-EFE/US AIR FORCE/JUSTIN CONNAHER HANDOUT

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U.S. fighter jets intercepted and escorted four Russian nuclear-capable bombers during a routine flight over neutral waters near the United States, the RIA news agency reported on Wednesday, citing the Russian Defence Ministry.

Russia said the 11-hour flight, carried out by its Tupolev Tu-95MS bombers, complied with international law and that U.S. F-22 Raptor tactical fighters had accompanied its planes during some stages of their flight.

Via Reuters

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