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Russian fighter escorts U.S. bombers over Baltic Sea

A file photo of a Russian Su-27 fighter (Photo: Xinhua)

A Russian fighter jet escorted two strategic US bombers across the Baltic Sea on Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The Russian airspace control system detected two aerial targets approaching the Russian border over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea, and a Su-27 fighter took off in response, the ministry said.

The crew of the Russian aircraft identified the targets as two US Air Force B-1B strategic bombers and escorted them across the Baltic Sea.

After the US military aircraft flew away from the Russian border, the Su-27 returned safely to its home airfield.

The entire flight of the Russian fighter strictly complied with international rules for the use of airspace.