Russia’s Defence Ministry has been forced to “intercept” US strategic bombers after jets were spotted near Russian borders over the Baltic Sea, it has been claimed.
Baltic Sea Fleet’s Su-27 fighter jets took to the sky to monitor US B-52H bombers, the intercept was seen in a video released by Moscow.
In the video, the Su-27s can be seen gaining in on the American nuclear-capable bombers as well as the “foreign surveillance planes” above neutral waters, reports RT.
The Defence Ministry released a statement which read “The violation of the state border was prevented.”
It added that it carried out monitoring according to international rules on the use of airspace.
US and NATO aircrafts were taking part in the Baltops 2020 exercise, which gathers 28 vessels, 28 planes and around 3,000 personnel from 19 NATO member-states.
The week-long drills conclude on Tuesday and focus on air defence, anti-submarine warfare, maritime interdiction, and mine countermeasure operations.
Moscow deems US and NATO flights “provocative” – aircrafts have been spotted frequently outside Russian airspace in recent years and intensified since 2014.
Last week, US fighter jets intercepted and escorted four Russian nuclear-capable bombers flying near Alaska.
Russia claimed the 11-hour flight, carried out by its Tupolev Tu-95MS bombers, complied with international law and that US F-22 Raptor tactical fighters had accompanied its planes during some stages of their flight.
The Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement: “Four strategic Tu-95MS missile carriers of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ long-range aviation conducted a planned flight over the neutral waters of the Chukchi Sea, the Bering Sea, the Sea of Okhotsk, and the northern part of the Pacific Ocean.”
Back in April, Belgian, Danish, Polish and Swedish fighter jets flanked a pair of Russian Tu-160s heavy bombers above the Baltic Sea.
Although Finland and Sweden are not members of NATO, they took part in the escort mission.