- Will Stewart
RUSSIAN jets were deployed to escort two US supersonic nuke bombers away from the country’s Black Sea border, Moscow claimed today.
Two Su-30 planes reportedly forced the American pilots to dramatically alter course as tensions between the two nuclear powers continue to rage.
The Russian defence ministry said: “To identify the air targets and prevent a breach of the state border of the Russian Federation, two Su-30 fighters from the Black Sea Fleet’s naval aviation and air defence forces were scrambled.
“Crews of the Russian fighters identified the air targets as two B-1B hypersonic strategic bombers of the US air force.”
Moscow released footage of the incident, which was filmed from one of the Russian fighters.
The two US B-1 bombers flew from RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire to conduct training exercised in the Black Sea region.
They were accompanied by two KC-135 tanker planes before the Russian military “escorted them over the Black Sea”, said the statement.
”After the foreign military aircraft turned away from the state border of the Russian Federation, the Russian fighters returned safely to its home base,” the ministry said.
A similar incident occurred on Sunday over the Sea of Japan, just days after a Russian confrontation with a US naval destroyer, also on Russia’s Pacific coast.