Two strategic missile carriers Tu-160 flew over the Baltic Sea, in some areas they were accompanied by aircraft of NATO countries. This was announced on Wednesday, September 16, at the Russian Ministry of Defense.
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“At certain stages of the route, Russian aircraft accompanied the Su-35 of the Russian Aerospace Forces, as well as fighters of foreign countries – the F-16 of the Danish Air Force, the F-22 of the Italian and German Air Forces, the MiG-29 of the Polish Air Force, the Gripen JAS 39 of the Swedish Air Force,” department.
The flight lasted over eight hours.
The Ministry of Defense noted that all long-range aviation pilots regularly fly over the waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, Black and Baltic Seas, as well as the Pacific Ocean. All flights of aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces are carried out in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace.
On September 15, Russian fighters escorted the US Air Force B-1B Lancer strategic bomber over the Bering and Okhotsk Seas. The MiG-31 fighters of the Pacific Fleet naval aviation and the Su-35s of the Eastern Military District took off into the air.
The day before, the Russian National Defense Control Center reported the interception of three US Air Force B-52 strategic bombers in the skies over the Black Sea. American planes were approaching the state border of the Russian Federation from the Ukrainian side. Two Su-27s and two Su-30s flew to intercept.