MOSCOW, April 16. / TASS /. Russia’s MiG-31 fighter aircraft has been jumbled up to escort a U.S. RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft across the Pacific Ocean along the southeast coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Friday.
According to the ministry, Russian air control systems have detected an air target flying across the Pacific towards the Russian border.
“A MiG-31 fighter aircraft was handled from an airfield in the Kamchatka region to identify and escort the aircraft. The crew identified it as a US RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft,” the statement said on the Russian border.
The Ministry of Defense announced that the flight of the Russian fighter plane was carried out in strict compliance with international regulations for the use of the airspace. The plane returned safely to its home airfield after the US plane was turned away from the Russian border.