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EU fighters scramble to intercept Russian aircraft over North Sea

Two Russian bombers crossed the international airspace monitored by NATO partners
08:47, 21 September 2018

Safran Electronics and Defense

The British and the French Air Forces sent air superiority fighters to intercept Russian military aircraft over the North Sea. The incident occurred on Thursday, Reuters wrote.

Two Russian bombers are reported to have crossed the international airspace monitored by NATO partners.

The Russian pilots maintained radio silence, which created potentially dangerous sitation.

'The usual response mechanisms were triggered: Rafale fighters took off in the late morning from the base of Saint-Dizier with a refueling plane and positioned themselves for possible intervention,' Colonel Cyrille Duvivier, a spokesman for the French Air Force told the news agency as quoted.

The British side specified that the Royal Air Forces 'has had to scramble jets more than 80 times over the last decade to intercept Russian military aircraft'.

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