UK Fighters Escorted Russian Tu-160 Strategic Fighters During Planned Flight - Moscow
03:09 GMT 13.11.2021 (Updated: 04:04 GMT 13.11.2021)
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers carried out a flight over the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea, and the North Sea, and were escorted by UK fighters during one portion of their flight, the Russian Defence Ministry said.
"Two Tu-160 strategic bombers have made a planned flight over the neutral waters of the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea, and the North Sea", the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement.
"At some parts of the flight the Russian strategic bombers were escorted by UK Eurofighter Typhoon fighters", the ministry added.
According to a video captured from the cockpit of a Tu-160, the UK fighters came close to the Russian bombers - at one point the distance between them was about several dozen metres.
The latest development came about after Russian authorities revealed that two Russian Tu-160 bombers had carried out fly-overs along Belarus in a bid to maintain security amid the recent migrant crisis in the region.
At the time, the Russian Foreign Ministry released footage of the 4.5-hour flight, underscoring that the operation was not meant as a target against any foreign nation.