There were no violations of Russia’s state border during the episode, according to TASS, which, citing Russia’s National Defense Command Center, said “three Russian fighters Sukhoi-35S have been scrambled to escort a US strategic bomber B-52H, which approached Russia’s airspace.”
“The fighters’ crews identified the target as a strategic B-52H bomber of the US Air Force and escorted it over the Pacific Ocean. There were no violations of Russia’s state border or dangerous proximity of planes in the air,” TASS added.
According to the state-owned news agency, Russia’s Sukhoi-25S fighters “strictly followed” international rules and returned to base after the US plane moved away from the Russian border.
CNN has reached out to the Pentagon for comment.