A few of the Russian nuclear-capable bombers near Alaska Monday night, two U.S. officials told Fox News, come as close as 100 km from Kodiak Island, the first time since President Trump took office and that Moscow has sent bombers close to the US.
The two Russian Tu-95 “Bear” bombers flew at about 280 kilometers southwest of Elmendorf Air Force Base, within the Air Defense Identification Zone of the United States.
The U. S. Air Force scrambled two F-22 stealth fighter aircraft and an E-3 airborne early warning aircraft to intercept Russian bombers.
The American fighter jets flew along the Russian bombers for 12 minutes, before the Russian bombers reversed course and headed back to their base in the east of Russia.
Last week in Moscow, Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said the U.S.-Russian relations were at a “low point” sitting next to the Russian Minister of Foreign affairs Sergey Lavrov.
While Tillerson was in Moscow, three Russian bombers near the coast of the east of Japan, allowing the Japanese military to scramble 14 fighter jets at different times to the bombers to intercept. A Russian spy plane also flew along the japanese coast from the west.
The last time Russian bombers close to the US was 4 July 2015, when a pair of Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska and California, to come as close as 40 miles to Mendocino, California.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Barack Obama to wish him a happy Day of the Independence, while the bombers cruised the California coast.
Luke Tomlinson is the Pentagon and the State Department producer Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @LucasFoxNews
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