The UK has scrambled its fighter jets to intercept two Russian bombers in the international airspace, claiming that they were flying on the edge of British territories.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) confirmed that its Typhoon Eurofighter aircraft were sent to “monitor” Russian Tu-160 “Blackjack” bombers flying in Britain’s “area of interest,” UK media reported Thursday.
“We can confirm that quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Coningsby scrambled to monitor two Blackjack bombers while they were in the UK area of interest,” a RAF spokesman told the Evening Standard.
“At no point did the Russian aircraft enter UK territorial airspace,” he admitted.
A Voyager air-to-air refueling aircraft accompanied the Typhoons during the hours-long flight.
The Russian Blackjacks flew between the Shetland and Faroe islands, then down the west coast of Ireland and over the Bay of Biscay, the Independent reported.