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MOSCOW, November 18, 19:40 /ITAR-TASS/. Two Russian TU-95MS strategic bombers that took off from Ukrainka air base on Monday successfully fulfilled the tasks under the plan of air patrolling, Lieutenant-Colonel Igor Klimov, spokesman for the Russian Air Force, told Itar-Tass.
“The route of the flight passed over neutral waters in the Pacific area,” he said. “The crews of Tu-95MS aircraft drilled flying over unmarked areas and were refueled in-midair from Il-78 fuel tankers, The flight lasted for about 15 hours,” he said.
F-15J and F-4J aircraft of the Japanese Air Force patrolled the crews of the long-range aviation at some stages of the patrolling course, Klimov said.
“Pilots of the long-range aviation, according to the endorsed plan, regularly make air patrolling flights over neutral water of the Arctic, the Atlantic Ocean, the Black Sea, and the Pacific Ocean, taking off from air bases and from operational airfield,” said the spokesman for the Russian Air Force.
He has said all the flights of planes of the Russian Air Force are made strictly in accordance with the international rules of the use of the air space over neutral waters, without infringing the borders of other countries. The Russian Air Force resumed air patrolling as of August 2007.