US airforce fighter jets intercept 2 Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska. The Pentagon says the incident took place in international airspace on Tuesday.
Navy Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon Spokesman, stated that a pair of F-22 Raptor aircraft intercepted the Russian Tu-95 bear bombers.
The intercept, which was described by a US military official as "safe and professional", took place after the Russian aircraft flew into the Alaskan air defense identification zone.
The Russian planes flew within 160 kilometers of Alaska's Kodiak Island.
According to reports, The Russians were trying to "show their teeth" by flying so close to the US coastline amid tensions between the two nations.
The US jets escorted the Russian bombers for 12 minutes. The bombers then flew back to Eastern Russia