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Two Russian Jets Intercept American Bombers Over Black Sea

© AP Photo / Jacob SkovoU.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber assigned to 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, takes off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to fly a mission with two Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) F-15s, Sept. 9, 2017
U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber assigned to 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, takes off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to fly a mission with two Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) F-15s, Sept. 9, 2017 - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.10.2021
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Two SU-30 warplanes escorted two US B-1B strategic bombers over the Black Sea in order to prevent the American planes from violating Russia's borders, the Defence Ministry stated on Wednesday.

"On 19 October 2021, Russian airspace control devices detected air targets approaching the state border of the Russian Federation over the neutral waters of the Black Sea. To identify the air targets and prevent a violation of the Russian state border, two Su-30 fighters from the air aviation of the Black Sea Fleet were scrambled", the Russian Defence Ministry said.

According to the statement, the air targets were identified as two strategic US Air Force supersonic B-1B bombers, accompanied by two KC-135 tanker aircraft. The Russian planes escorted them over the Black Sea.

"After the foreign military aircraft turned away from the state border of the Russian Federation, the Russian fighters returned safely to its home base", the ministry added.

The flight by the Russian aircraft was carried out in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace.
Over the past few years, Moscow has repeatedly pointed out the escalating activity of the US and their allies in the region, warning that such behaviour by NATO near Russian territory might result in border incidents.
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