Russia escorts US bomber over Baltic states
Russian fighter jet was dispatched to escort US nuclear-capable long-range bombers flying over Baltic states, Russian military noted.
The US Air Force said earlier that a bomber flew over the capitals of NATO members Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in a spectacle of solidarity with allies.
The Russian National Defense Management Center said crew members of a Sukhoi Su-27 fighter identified two B-1B strategic bombers and escorted them over the Baltic Sea, Interfax reported.
“The Russian fighter plane returned safely to its home airfield after the foreign military plane turned away from the state border,” the defense center added.
The Russian Defense Center noted that the US Air Force bomber flew over neutral waters and did not pass through Russian territory.
The Russian military also stressed that the Su-27 was flying “in strict accordance with the rules of international airspace”.
Reuters reported on Wednesday that the B-1B bomber is one of four, and the first such aircraft, deployed to NATO’s founding member Norway last month to operate in the Arctic.
“We are in the same boat,” General Jeff Harrigian, Commander of the US Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, was quoted as saying.