US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — British Typhoon fighters on Thursday were lifted from the air bases of Lossiemouth in Scotland and Coningsby in Lincolnshire to escort two Russian Tu-160 airborne bombers who were “in the kingdom’s zone of interest.”
This was reported in the press service of the Royal Air Force of Great Britain.
“Typhoon fighters, in a state of readiness for immediate action, were lifted from the air bases of the Royal Air Force Lossiemouth and Coningsby. These were routine operations to intercept two Tu-160 Blackjack bombers (according to NATO classification – approx. ed.) approaching airspace Great Britain. The planes were monitored, at no time did they enter British airspace,” said a spokesman for the British Air Force.
He also added that British planes were flying up to escort Russian bombers for the third time in six days, and also that the British tanker Voyager, which had taken off from the Breeze-Norton base, was again involved in the operation on Thursday.
The Russian Embassy in the UK has repeatedly drawn attention to the fact that in recent years British politicians and the military have often cited the alleged Russian threat in order to justify an increase in the defense budget and an expansion of the British military presence in other regions.
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