Russian jets ‘intercept’ US strategic bombers over Baltic Sea

US B-52H strategic bombers have again been spotted near Russian borders, forcing the Baltic Sea Fleet’s Su-27 fighter jets to take to the skies and monitor their actions, Russia’s Defense Ministry has said.
Video released by Moscow showed all stages of the ‘intercept’ – from the pilot in full gear rushing towards his jet to the Su-27s gaining on the American nuclear-capable bombers and “foreign surveillance planes” above the neutral waters.

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