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2 Russian Tu-95MC Strategic Bombers Fly Near Alaska

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Russia confirmed that two Tu-95MC strategic bombers, escorted by fighter jets, flew near the U.S. state of Alaska for about 9 hours, staying in international airspace.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) detected the Russian aircraft but confirmed they did not enter American or Canadian sovereign airspace.

Lt. Gen. Sergei Kobylash, Commander of Russian long–range aviation, said, “The flight was carried out in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace.”

NORAD said in a statement, “The Russian aircraft remained in international airspace and did not enter American or Canadian sovereign airspace.”

This incident reflects Russia’s practice of sending strategic bombers on regular patrols beyond its borders, reminiscent of the Soviet era. The Tu-95 is Russia’s equivalent of the American B-52.

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