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Britain scrambles fighter jets after two Russian long-range bombers approach its airspace, UK says 'no violations yet'

London: Britain said on Wednesday it had scrambled Typhoon jets to monitor two Russian “Blackjack” bombers which approached the United Kingdom’s airspace.

 Britain scrambles fighter jets after two Russian long-range bombers approach its airspace, UK says no violations yet

A Russian Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bomber. Reuters

The two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 long range bombers flew in international airspace off Britain’s northeastern coast.

“We can confirm that RAF quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth scrambled to monitor two Blackjack bombers while they were in the UK area of interest,” a Royal Air Force spokesman said.

“At no point did the Russian aircraft enter UK territorial airspace,” the spokesman said.

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Updated Date: Apr 04, 2019 09:47:51 IST