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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers have carried out a routine patrol flight over the neutral waters of the Barents, Norwegian and North seas, the Russian Defence Ministry said Wednesday.

    According to the ministry, the bombers were escorted by MiG-31 fighter jets, and spent over 13 hours airborne. The aircraft performed aerial refuelling.

    "At certain stages of the flight, the Russian aircraft were shadowed by F-16 fighters of the Danish Air Force and the Norwegian Air Force," the ministry said in a statement.

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    "All flights of the aircraft in service with the Russian Aerospace Forces are carried out in strict compliance with the international rules of the use of airspace,” the ministry stressed.


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