US Russian jets near Alasaka

US Russian jets near Alasaka

ALASKA – Two Russian bombers escorted by Su-35 “Flanker” fighter jets entered the Alaskan Air Defense Zone Thursday morning, Fox News reported.

US Air Force Stealth aircraft reportedly intercepted the Russian formation during a patrol.

This is the first time that the advanced Russian jets have escorted Russian bombers near Alaska.

Officials reported that the Russian jets remained in international airspace and were unarmed.

US Russian jets
US Russian jets

These zone tend to extend into international airspace.

Late last month, Russian bombers flew near Alaska over four consecutive days for the first time since 2014.

The Cold War-era concept of the Air Defense Zone regards an area publicly-defined beyond sovereign territory in which it is permitted to interrogate and, if necessary, intercept unidentified aircraft.

Thursday’s episode comes one day after President Trump spoke over the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The White House said the conversation focused on crises in the Middle East and North Korea, with no mention of recent Russian provocations.

The conversation was described in a readout as “a very good one.”

Trump in April said U.S. relations with Russia were at an “all-time low,” and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also described the relationship between the countries as being at a “low point.”

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was not as pessimistic, however, telling “Fox News Sunday” that “I don’t think they have gotten either better or worse.”

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