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    According to a Russian Air Force spokesman, the flight of Russian strategic bombers was performed with strict adherence to international regulations on the use of airspace over neutral waters without violating states' sovereign borders.

    MOSCOW, January 29 (Sputnik) — Two Russian Air Force strategic bombers spotted near British airspace were conducting a planned 19-hour flight over the North Atlantic and did not breach international regulations or any nation's borders, a Russian Air Force spokesman said Thursday.

    "Two [Tupolev] Tu-95MS [Bear] strategic bombers… successfully completed the planned air patrols. The flight route passed through neutral waters near the Barents and Norwegian Seas, [as well as] the Atlantic Ocean. The flight duration was over 19 hours," Col. Igor Klimov told RIA Novosti.

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    Previous reports in British media indicated that the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) scrambled two fighters to escort the Russian bombers from the "UK area of interest."

    According to Klimov, Russian strategic bombers were planned to be escorted by RAF Typhoon aircraft, Norwegian F-16s and French Mirage fighters at different stages on their route.

    The spokesman reiterated that the flight had been performed with strict adherence to international regulations on the use of airspace over neutral waters without violating states' sovereign borders.

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    Russian Aerospace Forces, international law, airspace, Typhoon aircraft, Tu-95MS strategic bomber, RAF (UK), Britain, Russia
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