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February 9, 2017

UK scrambles Typhoon jets after Russian aircraft flew near Shetland and Faroe islands

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has reportedly scrambled its Typhoon fighter jets on 9 February, after Russian military aircraft flew near British airspace.

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has reportedly scrambled its Typhoon fighter jets on 9 February, after Russian military aircraft flew near British airspace.

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The Typhoon jets took off from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray and RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, according to BBC News.

Two Tu-160 Blackjack bombers from Russia flew between the Shetland and Faroe islands for more than five hours, The Independent reported.

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

The Telegraph quoted Russian Ministry of Defence as saying: “All flights by the Russian air force are carried out strictly in accordance with international rules on the use of neutral airspace and seas, and without violating the borders of other countries."

A RAF spokesman was quoted by media sources as saying: "We can confirm that quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Coningsby scrambled to monitor two Blackjack bombers while they were in the UK area of interest.

“At no point did the Russian aircraft enter UK territorial airspace.”

The French Air Force also scrambled two Mirage military aircraft to escort the Russian bombers to the French coast.

The bombers from Russia were later intercepted by Spanish military aircraft.

Over the last two years, Russian military aircraft were intercepted four times on the French coast, Reuters reported citing a French official.

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