Russian military scrambled four fighter jets to intercept three U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers approaching the Russian border over the Black Sea, Russia’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement.
The scramble was initiated when three aerial targets were detected over the Black Sea approaching Russia’s state border from the direction of Ukraine, by Russian airspace control systems of the Southern Military District. The scramble involved two Sukhoi Su-27 “Flanker” and two Su-30 “Flanker-C” fighter jets.
The crews of the Russian fighters approached the aerial targets at a safe distance, identified them as three US Air Force B-52H strategic bombers and escorted them over the Black Sea.
The statement said that the Russian border was not violated by the U.S. bombers. It added that the Russian fighter jets safely returned to their home airfield after the US aircraft turned away from Russia’s state border.
“The entire flights of the Russian fighters proceeded in strict compliance with the international rules of using the airspace,” the statement added.