US, Canada scramble jets to escort Russian bombers

The United States and Canada have sent four fighter jets to shadow Russian long-range bombers flying near Canadian air defense identification zone in the Arctic region, authorities say.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) confirmed that two US Air Force F-22 stealth aircraft and two Canadian Royal Air Force CF-18 fighter jets were scrambled on Saturday to escort two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack nuclear bombers.

The Russian jets were flying near an area off the North American coastline that is regularly patrolled by the Royal Canadian Air Force, according to US media reports.

The encounter ended without any conflicts. NORAD admitted in its statement that the Russian bombers remained in international airspace and did not enter US or Canadian territory.

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