Russian bombers were seen off the coast of Alaska with no evident intentions.
Upon seeing them, the United States immediately sent out two planes to follow and intercept the bombers.
Per Daily Mail:
Navy Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, said a pair of F-22 Raptor aircraft intercepted the Russian TU-95 Bear bombers on Monday.
Ross described the intercept as ‘safe and professional.’
Fox News said Tuesday the Russian planes flew within 100 miles of Alaska’s Kodiak Island, and about 280 miles southwest of the Elmendorf Air Force Base.
The provocation could be a result of escalating tensions between the two countries:
The mid-air incident comes just days after secretary of state Rex Tillerson said US and Russian relations had reached a ‘low point’.
Tillerson made the remark while seated with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.