Russian Jets Intercept US Bombers Over Baltic For 2nd Time In Days

Russian Jets Intercept US Bombers Over Baltic For 2nd Time In Days:

Russia on Thursday announced it had scrambled fighter jets to intercept two inbound US strategic bomber planes in order to prevent them from “violating the state border” over the Baltic Sea.

It marks the second such dangerous intercept incident in merely three days. While such incidents over the Black and Baltic seas are not uncommon, it is unusual for more than one encounter to be reported within only a matter of days, suggesting the two super powers are increasingly bumping up against each other in the region amid the unpredictable backdrop of the Ukraine war.

Russia’s military described that an Su-27 fighter jet alongside an Su-35 were deployed in response to identifying “the air targets as two US Air Force B-1B strategic bombers“.

“The violation of the state border was prevented,” the defense ministry said – and after the US bombers were turned back the Russian jets “returned safely to their air base.” It said that the intercept flight was “carried out in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace.”

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