Tension as United States fighter jets intercept Russian bombers

US Air Force stealth fighter jets intercept 2 Russian nuclear-capable bombers off Alaska coast

US Air Force stealth fighter jets intercept 2 Russian nuclear-capable bombers off Alaska coast

A Russian Tupolev Tu-95 turboprop-powered strategic bomber flies above the Kremlin in Moscow, on May 7, 2015, during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade. The latest bomber incursion reportedly seems to be part of a pattern of Russian nuclear coercion aimed at the United States.

According to CNN reports, us military confirmed the escort in a statement, saying two Alaska-based F-22 fighters "intercepted and visually identified the Russian bombers".

Two separate defense officials reached by Fox News said the Russian bombers came within 55 miles of Alaska's west coast.

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The Russian aircraft were monitored by the F-22s until the bombers left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Islands.

The Russian aircraft were "intercepted and monitored by the F-22s until the bombers left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Island chain heading west", and never entered U.S. airspace, according to the statement.

The Alaska incident comes after a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet buzzed a US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane in worldwide airspace over the Baltic Sea, US media reported, citing the US Navy.

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The U.S. jets on Friday did not get closer then 100 meters to the Russian ones, according to Reuters.

That much information was revealed in a statement issued to CNN by North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman Canadian Army Major Andrew Hennessey.

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