Russian Nuke-Capable Bombers Patrol Alaska in 'Safe and Professional' Manner

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Two US F-22 fighter jets intercepted and visually identified two Russian Tu-95 bombers as well as two Su-35 fighter jets that entered Alaska’s Air Defense identification zone.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The flight of Russian bombers and fighter jets off the west coast off Alaska on Wednesday was conducted in a safe and professional manner, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) spokesperson Capt. Ashleigh Peck told Sputnik.

"We would categorize it [Russian flight] as safe and professional," Peck stated on Thursday.

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Peck said two US F-22 fighter jets intercepted and visually identified two Russian Tu-95 bombers as well as two Su-35 fighter jets that entered Alaska’s Air Defense identification zone.

"It’s not unprecedented," Peck noted. "We have seen it before."

In April, the United States detected a series of three bomber flights in and around Alaska.

Defense Department spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis said the flights of Russian strategic bombers were all conducted in a safe and professional manner with deference to US airspace.

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