The North American Aerospace Defense Command said it scrambled F-22 fighters to intercept Russian bombers and fighters which it claimed had violated the Air Defense Identification Zone which extends 200 miles off the coast of Alaska to the west.
NORAD said two F-22 fighters intercepted two of the long range Tupolev Tu-95 bombers while another pair of the stealth fighters intercepted another group of the Russian bombers and Su-35 fighters. A total of four bombers of two Su-35 fighters took part in the mission which the US military claimed is part of a Russian training program to deal with a likely crisis.
The above mission can also be seen to be a strong message put forth by Russia of its resolve to hit back if pushed too hard. The country has seen its relations with the US hit a new low on account of several geo-political issues prevalent in the world. Russia is opposing US involvement in Venezuela and has already stationed long range bombers in the primarily communist country.
The US also accuses Russia of meddling in its electoral process. It has only been a week since the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had met Russian President Vladimir Putin. Pompeo is said to have warned Putin against interfering in elections in the US, something that has been a thorn in US-Russia relations ever since Donald Trump assumed office.
Meanwhile, Russia’s Ministry of Defense confirmed the development claiming it to be scheduled sorties made over neutral waters. In the tweet message, Ministry officials said their military planes flew over the Chukotka, Bering and Okhotsk seas, besides also covering the northern coast of the Aleutian Islands and the western coast of Alaska.