RAF jets scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers ‘heading for UK airspace’

RAF Typhoons have been scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers said to be in a “UK area of interest”.

The fighter jets were launched from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire this afternoon and the incident is currently ongoing, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

There have been several similar incidents in the UK and other European countries over the past year, as Nato has bolstered its presence near the Russian border.

In September, two Russian “Blackjack” jets were intercepted over the North Sea. They were flying in international airspace that the MoD again described as an “area of interest”.

Vladimir Putin was accused of Cold War-style “brinkmanship” over a series of similar incidents with Nato aircraft across Europe, with more than 100 Russian planes intercepted in 2014 alone.

Full article: RAF jets scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers ‘heading for UK airspace’ (The Independent)

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