Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Typhoon fighter jets were launched Tuesday after two Russian military planes were spotted flying close to British airspace.
“Royal Air Force Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon fighter aircraft were launched today, from RAF Lossiemouth after Russian aircraft were identified flying close to UK airspace,” the ministry said in a statement given to CBS News. “The Russian planes were escorted by the RAF until they were out of the UK area of interest. At no time did the Russian military aircraft cross into UK sovereign airspace.”
Royal Air Force jets were scrambled several times this year to escort Russian military plans out of what officials call “U.K. areas of interest.”
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