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Russian Strategic Bombers Stay Airborne for Some 10 Hours Over Arctic Seas

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A pair of Tu-160 strategic bombers stayed airborne for over 10 hours during a scheduled flight over two marginal Arctic seas, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

"The Russian planes were shadowed by Norwegian F-16s during some stages of their flight. The Russian Aerospace Forces’ planes then flew back to their base," the statement read.

The Tu-160 heavy strategic bomber Alexander Novikov at the military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War. - Sputnik International
Russian Tu-160 Bombers Perform Planned Flight Over Barents, Norwegian Seas
The military stressed that the flight over neutral waters of the Barents and Norwegian Seas was conducted in strict compliance with international rules and without any trespasses.

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Russian military aircraft routinely carry out long-haul flights over international waters of the Arctic, northern Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans, as well as over the Black and Caspian Seas.

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