On Thursday, two Russian Bear bombers, escorted by a pair of advanced Russian Su-35 Flanker fighter jets, entered Alaska’s Air Defense Zone, marking the fifth time since the beginning of April that Russian fighters have flown near Alaska.
The Russian formation was intercepted by two U.S. Air Force stealth fighter jets, who were currently flying patrol roughly 50 miles southwest of Chariot, Alaska.
According to the U.S. Air Force, this is the first time they’ve seen the Cold War-era bombers escorted by advanced Russian Su-35 fighters near Alaska.
Officials said the Russian fighters were unarmed and stayed in international airspace.
In late April, Russian bombers flew for four consecutive days near Alaska, the first time an incident like this has occurred since 2014.
Although President Trump and Sec. of State Rex Tillerson both described United States-Russia relations as being “low” in April, on Wednesday, President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke via telephone.
The leaders did not speak about recent Russian provocations, but instead focused on the crises in the Middle East and North Korea in a conversation the White House described in its readout as “a very good one.”
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