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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Russia Says Air Force Flight Near UK Complies With International Law

Tu-95 BearTwo Russian Air Force strategic bombers spotted near British airspace were conducting a planned 19-hour flight over the North Atlantic and did not breach international regulations or any nation's borders, a Russian Air Force spokesman said Thursday.

"Two [Tupolev] Tu-95MS [Bear] strategic bombers… successfully completed the planned air patrols. The flight route passed through neutral waters near the Barents and Norwegian Seas, [as well as] the Atlantic Ocean. The flight duration was over 19 hours," Col. Igor Klimov told RIA Novosti.

Previous reports in British media indicated that the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) scrambled two fighters to escort the Russian bombers from the "UK area of interest."

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