RUSSIAN JETS INTERCEPT US BOMBERS
Russia scrambled fighter jets to intercept two US B-52 bombers flying over the Sea of Okhotsk, off Russia’s far eastern coast, the Interfax news agency cited the Defense Ministry in Moscow as saying on Friday, June 19, 2020.
In a report written by Andresy Kuzmin for Reuters, the incident apparently happened two days after the US sent its fighter jets to shadow and eventually escort four Russian nuclear-capable Tupolev Tu-95MS bombers as they carried out a planned flight near the US border.
Such intercepts have been happening with regularity as both countries test the readiness of their bombers, and the ability of their warplanes to shoo off aircraft that normally conduct surveillance off Alaska and in the Bering Strait, as well as Sakhalin Island.
US bombers and warplanes also regularly fly over four island chains in the Pacific that comprise the Cold War defense perimeters of the US, including an area in the South China Sea (SCS), a vast expanse of water that China practically claims as its own without any scientific, geographical or geological basis.