Russian Regime Says It Scrambled Jet To Intercept US Bombers

( – Russia’s Defense Ministry announced it scrambled a Russian combat jet over the Baltic Sea on Monday, after two US strategic bombers allegedly flew to the Russian border. The Russian Ministry of Defense explained that the fighter jet managed to return to base after the American bombers flew away from Russian territory.

In a statement, US Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa confirmed that two strategic bombers were conducting a Task Force operation with partners and NATO allies in the Estonian airspace, pointing out they remained 50 nautical miles away from Russia’s airspace. It added that the flights only took place on the Estonia airspace and that the B-52s never made any type of contact with a Russian aircraft.

Apparently, the US Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa mission was a part of a scheduled training operation that was fully-coordinated a couple of months ago, following the guidelines established by the International Civil Aviation Organization, as it pertains to flight standards.

Last Tuesday, two Russian jet pilots managed to intercept a US spy drone and made it crash after dumping fuel against it. While the US European Command showed evidence about the incident and even declassified and even released a video that confirmed what happened, Russian officials have constantly denied US’s description of the matter.

On Friday, the Russian regime presented state awards to the two Russian fighter pilots that were involved in the crash of the America surveillance aircraft in Europe’s Black Sea. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu lauded the pilots’ achievement in preventing the US MQ-9 Reaper from flying into an area near Crime, which has been prohibited to enter by Moscow. 

Over the last few months, the Russian regime has accused the Biden administration of collecting intelligence data through these types of operations, and then use it to help Ukraine to neutralize Russian targets.

Despite the drone incident, the United States have said it will keep conducting fly missions over the Black Sea.

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