Russian MiG-31 and Su-35 fighters climbed to intercept two US Air Force B-1B strategic bombers over the Bering Sea. This was announced on Wednesday, October 21, by the Russian Ministry of Defense.
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“On October 21, 2020, Russian airspace control devices over the neutral waters of the Bering Sea detected two air targets approaching the state border of the Russian Federation,” the message says.
The crew of Russian fighters, raised to identify air targets and prevent violations of the state border, identified the objects as two strategic bombers B-1B of the US Air Force. They were escorted over the Bering Sea.
It is indicated that no violation of the Russian border was allowed. The fighter returned to the home base after the turn of foreign military aircraft. The flight took place strictly in accordance with international rules for the use of airspace, the Defense Ministry emphasized.
The day before, the US Air Force had already lifted F-22 fighters into the air to escort Russian strategic missile carriers Tu-95MS over the neutral waters of the Chukchi, Beaufort, Bering and Okhotsk seas. The flight of Russian aircraft was of a planned nature.
The Ministry of Defense then noted that long-range aviation pilots regularly fly over the neutral waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, Black and Baltic seas, as well as the Pacific Ocean. At the same time, flights are always performed in accordance with international rules.
The Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, General of the Army Valery Gerasimov, after the completion of the Caucasus-2020 exercise on September 26, said that recently, 20-30 km from the Russian border, there has been an increased activity of the US and NATO military.