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Russian strategic bombers conduct flights over Arctic Ocean

May 12, 4:35 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The aircraft were accompanied by the Aerospace Forces’ Mikoyan MiG-31 supersonic interceptor aircraft and the Shukhoi Su-35 fighters

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MOSCOW, May 12. /TASS/. Russia’s Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bombers and Tupolev Tu-142 anti-submarine aircraft have conducted routine flights over the Arctic Ocean, the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

"The Aerospace Forces’ Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers and the Navy’s Tu-142 anti-submarine aircraft have conducted routine flights over the international waters of the Arctic Ocean, the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk," the statement reads. "The aircraft were accompanied by the Aerospace Forces’ Mikoyan MiG-31 supersonic interceptor aircraft and the Shukhoi Su-35 fighters," the Defense Ministry added.

According to the statement, the bombers and anti-submarine aircraft performed aerial refueling during the flights.

"Long-range and naval pilots conduct flights over the international waters of the Arctic Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Black Sea and the Pacific Ocean on a regular basis. All the flights are carried out in strict compliance with international rules for the use of airspace, so no state borders are violated," the Russian Defense Ministry pointed out.

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