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Britain alerts fighter jets to intercept Russian planes
17:12, 15 January 2018
Britain alerts fighter jets to intercept Russian planes

The planes of Russian federation approached the airspace of the country

17:12, 15 January 2018

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The Royal Air Force (RAF) scrambled two Typhoon jets to intercept Russian planes near the airspace of the United Kingdom, the Ministry of Defence said. The jets were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland, on Monday morning. This was reported by the New Sky agency.

“We can confirm that quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth scrambled this morning,” the RAF spokesman said.

The Defence Ministry has since confirmed the incident is now over.

The response from the quick reaction alert (QRA) aircraft to a suspected Russian plane heading towards UK airspace comes amid tensions between the West and Russia.

The RAF confirmed the Typhoons had taken off but the Ministry of Defence said it had not intercepted the Russian aircraft.

Related: Italian fighter jets to guard airspace over Baltics

"We have got jets up in the air monitoring the situation but we have not intercepted anything," Defence Ministry spokesman said.

As it was reported earlier the Royal Navy has sent a frigate into the English Channel to escort Russian warships through the Strait of Dove. A British HMS Westminster was escorting the Russian ships that came close to the British shore. Lately, the militarism of the Kremlin is growing and this is not the first case when Britain is sending its vessels to escort and monitor Russian military ships.

On December 25, 2017, Britain sent two frigates to accompany Russian military vessels that came close to the British waters in the English Channel and the North Sea. A helicopter was also dispatched to monitor two further vessels.

Related: Russian military aircrafts violate airspace of Lithuania during West-2017 drills

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