MOSCOW, September 26. /TASS/. Three Russian fighters Sukhoi-35S have been scrambled to escort a US strategic bomber B-52H, which approached Russia's airspace, the National Defense Command Center told the media.
According to the center, air defense radars on duty in the Eastern Military Region on Sunday spotted an air target over the Pacific Ocean that was approaching Russia's airspace.
"In order to identify and escort the foreign plane three Sukhoi-35S fighter planes of the Eastern Military Region's air defense were scrambled. The fighters' crews identified the target as a strategic B-52H bomber of the US Air Force and escorted it over the Pacific Ocean. There were no violations of Russia's state border or dangerous proximity of planes in the air," the center said.
According to the Russian military, the Sukhoi-25S fighters returned to base after the US plane moved away from the Russian border.
"The Russian fighters strictly followed the international rules of using airspace," the center said.