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UK scrambles Typhoon fighter jets to escort Russian bombers

The Ministry of Defense reports the Russian bombers were not in the UK air space

LONDON, February 9. /TASS/. UK dipatched its Typhoon fighter jets on Thursday to escort Russian bombers Tupolev-160, the Ministry of Defense of the UK told TASS.

"We can confirm that quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Coningsby scrambled to monitor two Blackjack (NATO's reporting name for Tupolev-160 White Swan) bombers while they were in the UK area of interest," a spokesman for the ministry said.

"At no point did the Russian aircraft enter UK territorial airspace," he indicated.