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RAF jets scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers 'heading for UK airspace'

RAF jets scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers 'heading for UK airspace'

Lizzie Dearden | Independent

RAF Typhoons have been scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers said to be in a “UK area of interest”.

The fighter jets were launched from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire this afternoon, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

A RAF spokesperson said: "We can confirm that quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby have intercepted two Russian Blackjack bombers and escorted them while they were in the UK area of interest. At no point did the Russian aircraft enter UK territorial airspace."

There have been several similar incidents in the UK and other European countries over the past year, as Nato has bolstered its presence near the Russian border.

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