United States fighter jets intercept Russian reconnaissance aircraft off Alaska

In this North American Aerospace Defense Command screen grab a Russian reconnaissance aircraft is seen near Alaska

USA fighter jets intercepted four Russian military planes flying off the Alaskan cost Saturday, marking the fourth interception this month, according to The Hill.

The Russian Tu-142's came within 65 nautical miles south of Alaska's Aleutian island chain and "loitered" in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) for eight hours. Most have occurred in the past month. The Southern Military district is responsible for security in the Black Sea region. The Sukhoi returned to base, the defense ministry said, adding that "the flight of the Russian combat aircraft took place in strict accordance with worldwide rules".

USA and Russian aircraft have been engaged in similar interceptions in the Baltic Sea region too over the past few months.

"The identification and monitoring of aircraft entering a USA or Canadian ADIZ demonstrates how NORAD executes its aerospace warning and aerospace control missions for the United States and Canada", NORAD said.

The Russian military has published video footage showing the moment a Su-30 fighter jet intercepted a group of United States spy planes over the Black Sea on Friday.

In late May, Russian pilots in two Sukhoi Su-35 fighters drew condemnation from the 6th Fleet after they intercepted a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft over the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

According to Russia's Ministry of Defense, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy reconnaissance planes along with a refueling tanker were detected on June 26, making it the eighth interaction between the two superpowers in the past one month.

NORAD's interception Saturday is the second time this week Russian planes entered Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone, the last time being Wednesday, the Hill reported.



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