American fighter jets again intercept Russian Federationn military aircraft near Russia

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USA fighter jets intercepted four Russian reconnaissance planes Saturday near Alaska, CNN reported.

In its statement, NORAD also said the Russian Tu-142 aircraft came within 65 nautical miles south of the Alaskan Aleutian island chain and remained for almost eight hours, CNN reported.

The encounter - acknowledged in a statement from NORAD - follows similar incidents this month in which U.S. F-22 jets intercepted Russian nuclear-capable bombers near Alaska on three separate occasions, CNN reported.

The interception of the Russian Tu-142s marks the 10th time this year that Russian military aircraft have been intercepted off Alaska, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, said in a statement on Saturday.

The MoD stressed that the interceptor followed global rules and kept a safe distance from the group - something the USA military has claimed the Russians have been failing to observe when dealing with their nosy aircraft in the past.

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NORAD is a United States and Canada bi-national organization charged with the missions of aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning for North America. USA military aircraft also routinely fly near Russian borders and are typically intercepted by Russian fighters. "Despite COVID-19, we remain fully ready and capable of conducting our no-fail mission of homeland defense".

In late May, Russian pilots in two Sukhoi Su-35 fighters drew condemnation from the 6th Fleet after they intercepted a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft over the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

USA and Russian relations could be escalating.

Russian Tu-142 military aircraft were intercepted from Alaska for the tenth time this year.

On May 29, the Russian defense ministry published images of two US B-1 bombers intercepted by Russia after flying over the Baltic and Black seas near Russia.

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