Russia said it intercepted two US bombers flying over the Baltic Sea

Russia said it had intercepted two US B-1B strategic bombers in its airspace (US Air Force/Senior Airman Jerreht Harris via AP) (Senior Airman Jerreht Harris/)

Russian authorities reported Thursday that Deployed fighters to prevent two American bombers from “violating state borders” in the Baltic Seawhere a similar incident had already occurred this week.

The Russian Defense Ministry specified that its men identified in the “air zone two American B-1B strategic bombers.” “The violation of the state border was prevented,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Russian National Defense Control Center announced that, in order to prevent US aircraft from crossing into Russian territory, sent an Su-35S and another Su-27P fighter to the area.

The spokesman for the Ministry of Defence, Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkovnoted that after the two US planes moved away, the Russian fighters returned to their base.

According to Moscow, this operation “was carried out in accordance with the international rules for the use of airspace.”

It represents the latest in a series of similar incidents in recent weeks, in which Russian authorities claimed to have intercepted several Western military aircraft.

Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry (Russian Defense Ministry / Handout via REUTERS)
Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry (Russian Defense Ministry/Handout via REUTERS) (Russian Defense Ministry/)

Incidents between Russian planes and those of member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have multiplied in recent yearseven before the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 last year.

In mid-March, a Russian Air Force fighter collided with a United States unmanned aerial vehicle over international waters of the Black Sea.

That episode marked a new escalation of tensions between Washington and Moscow in the context of the war in Ukraine.

For its part, two days ago Moscow also announced the deployment of military fighters to intercept two US planes.

Just over a week ago, Russia announced that it had intercepted two planes, one german and one frenchwho were trying to “violate” their airspace.

The German plane was a patrol P-3C Orion and the French one corresponds to an anti-submarine patrol boat Atlantic 2specified the Russian ministry.

The Russian authorities indicated that the border was not violated.

In April, a Russian fighter intercepted a German Navy plane over the Baltic as it approached the Russian border.

A month earlier, the Russian aeronautics intercepted an American drone MQ-9 Reapers over the Black Sea, which later fell into its waters.

The allies generally deploy fighters and other aircraft in the Baltic over those states that border Russia and intercept military and civilian aircraft that do not respect international flight regulations.

(With information from AFP and Europa Press)

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