MOSCOW, July 13. /TASS/. Russian two Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bombers performed routine flights over neutral waters in the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea. The planes were escorted by Russian Su-35C fighter jets and by South Korean and Japanese fighter jets at certain sections, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday.
"Two Tu-95MS strategic bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces performed routine flights over neutral waters of the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea, and in the western part of the Pacific Ocean. The long-range planes were escorted by Su-35C multi-purpose fighter jets," the ministry said, adding that the Tu-95MS crews drilled en route refueling skills.
"At certain sections of their route, the Tu-95MS planes were escorted by F-15 and F-16 fighter jets of the South Korean Air Forces and F-2A planes of the Japanese Air Forces," the ministry noted.
According to the ministry, it is a routine practice in long-range aviation to perform flights over neutral waters in the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and in the Black Sea. All flights are performed in strict compliance with the international rules of the use of airspace, without violations of other states’ borders.