Fighter jets respond to Russian bombers off British coast

British RAF fighters were scrambled after two Russian bear bombers were spotted off the coast of Cornwall, the UK's Ministry of Defence has said.

Fighter jets respond to Russian bombers off British coast

British RAF fighters were scrambled after two Russian bear bombers were spotted off the coast of Cornwall, the UK's Ministry of Defence has said.

The Typhoon jets, from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, escorted the Russian aircraft which were flying in international airspace close to the UK yesterday afternoon, an MoD spokesman said.

The MoD spokesman said: "RAF Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon fighter aircraft were launched yesterday after Russian aircraft were identified flying close to UK airspace.

“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.”

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