US Jet Fighters Intercepted Russian Bombers Near Alaska

Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP

The U.S. military says it intercepted two Russian bombers in global airspace off Alaska's coast.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called then-President Barack Obama to wish him a happy Independence Day while the bombers cruised the California coastline.

There was no bridge-to-bridge communication between the United States and Russian aircraft, but three USA officials said the Russians acted "very professionally".

The American fighters - and an E-3 airborne early warning plane - intercepted the Russian bombers and flew alongside them for almost twelve minutes, according to Fox News.

Tillerson discussed the recent chemical weapons attack in Russia, as well as allegations of Russian interference int he 2016 US presidential election.

The zone is defended and monitored by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which keeps track of monitors air approaches to North America and defends the airspace.

While this is the first time Russian bombers have been off the Alaskan coast since 2015, they have flown in the area about 60 times since 2007. On that date, two Russian bombers flew as close as 40 miles from the Californian coast.

This interception marks the first time Russian Federation has sent bombers this close to the USA since President Donald Trump took office.

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