14:39 GMT25 November 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United States scrambled two F-22 fighters to escort Russian TU-95 strategic bombers, which serve as missile platforms, over neutral waters in the Russian Far East, the Russian Defence Ministry said Tuesday.

    "At some stretches of the route the strategic missile platforms were escorted by the Su-35S fighters of the Russian Aerospace Forces, MiG-31 of the naval aviation of the Russian Navy, as well as F-22 fighters of the US Air Force," the ministry said.

    The Russian aircraft were carrying out a scheduled flight over the neutral waters.

    Tu-95 is a four-engine long-range strategic bomber developed by Russian aerospace and defense company Tupolev Design Bureau in 1950s. The current version is the Tu-95MS, which entered service in 1984.

    Tu-95, US, F-22 Raptor, Russia
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