MOSCOW, November 30. /TASS/. Russian and Chinese strategic bombers made cross landings at airfields of both countries for the first time in their joint aerial patrols, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Wednesday.
"For the first time in the history of aerial patrolling, Russian aircraft landed at an airfield in the People’s Republic of China and Chinese planes landed at an airfield on the territory of the Russian Federation," the ministry said in a statement.
Fighter jets of foreign states escorted the strategic missile-carrying bombers at some stages of the aerial patrol, the ministry said.
"In the course of accomplishing their missions, the aircraft of both countries acted in strict compliance with the provisions of international law. There were no violations of the airspace of foreign states," the ministry said, stressing that the strategic bombers conducted their joint aerial patrol as part of the 2022 military cooperation plan and the flight was not directed against any third countries.
After their joint aerial patrol, all the aircraft will return to their home airfields, the ministry added.