07:39 GMT25 July 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia's Su-30SM fighter intercepted on Wednesday a US reconnaissance aircraft over the Sea of ​​Okhotsk, the Russian Defenсe Ministry said.

    "To identify the air target and prevent the violation of the state border of the Russian Federation, a Su-30SM fighter of the Eastern Military District's air defence forces was scrambled. The crew of the Russian fighter identified the air target as an RC-135 strategic reconnaissance aircraft of the US air force and escorted it over the waters of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk," the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters.

    After the US reconnaissance plane turned away from the border, the Russian fighter returned to the home base. The violation of the state border was prevented.

    The flight of the Russian fighter was carried out in strict compliance with international regulations, the ministry added.

    Earlier in the day, Russian radar systems detected an air target approaching the country's state border over the Sea of ​​Okhotsk.

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