Russia scrambles fighter jets to escort U.S. strategic bombers over Black Sea

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Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that Russia landed two Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets as a pair of American B-1B strategic bombers over the Black Sea, an incident that the US Defense Secretary called for the region’s defense. happened with the trip.

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Supersonic US Cold War-era aircraft were originally designed to carry nuclear warheads and missiles, but now carry conventional payloads.

The Defense Ministry said in a statement, “Russian fighters identified air targets as two US Air Force supersonic strategic B-1B bombers, with two KC-135 refueling aircraft, and placed them over the Black Sea.” carried over the water.” Video footage of a US plane in flight.


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“After the foreign warplanes were turned away from Russia’s state border, Russian fighters returned safely to their home airports.”

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It said that the Russian aircraft took off in strict compliance with the rules of international airspace and that Russia’s borders were not violated.

Visiting Ukraine on Tuesday, US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, said Russia is an obstacle to peace in eastern Ukraine and called on Moscow to end destabilizing activities along the Black Sea and Ukraine’s borders.

Moscow blames Kiev for a lack of progress in implementing a peace deal covering eastern Ukraine, something Ukraine denies.

A similar incident with a B-1B occurred over the Sea of ​​Japan on Sunday, days after an incident with a US naval destroyer in the Far East.

Air Force magazine reported earlier this month that B-1B bombers were being used in a series of exercises with NATO allies across Europe, including the Arctic, the Baltics and the Black Sea.

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