22:24 GMT30 September 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Six US B-52 bombers will fly over all 30 NATO member states in one day in a show of solidarity and as an interoperability practice on Friday, the United States European Command said in a statement.

    "In a unique spin on regularly recurring Bomber Task Force (BTF) missions in Europe, six US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers will fly over all 30 NATO nations in Europe and North America on Aug. 28," the statement read.

    Later in the day, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the US bombers would be accompanied by dozens of aircraft of the alliance member states.

    "Today the US shows their powerful commitment to #NATO with six B-52 bombers overflying all 30 Allies. They will be accompanied by dozens of aircraft from across the Alliance. Working together, we fulfil our core mission: to deter aggression, prevent conflict & preserve peace," Stoltenberg wrote on Twitter.

    ​The single-day mission is called Allied Sky and aims to "demonstrate NATO solidarity, enhance readiness and provide training opportunities aimed at enhancing interoperability for all participating aircrews."

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