U.S. Scrambles Jets After Russian Bombers Fly Near Alaska
According to Fox News, the Tu-95 strategic bombers first appeared 280 miles southwest of the Elmendorf Air Force Base, inside the US Air Defense Identification Zone.
The U.S. Air Force scrambled two F-22 stealth fighter jets and an E-3 early warning plane to intercept the Russian aircraft.
Reportedly, theÂ Tu-95 bombers headed back towards Russia after American jets flew alongside them for 12 minutes.
The incident is said to be theÂ first time Russia has sent bombers that close to the U.S. since President Donald Trump took office.
A similar incident occurred on July 4, 2015 when two Russian bombers came as close as 40 miles from California.
Tensions between the U.S. and RussiaÂ have become further strained following U.S. missile strikesÂ on a Syrian government air base reportedly linked to aÂ chemical weapons attack.
Last week during a White House press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg,Â Trump assertedÂ that U.S.-Russia relations âmay be at an all-time low.â
âRight now, weâre not getting along with Russia at all, we may be at an all-time low,â Trump said.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has similarly describedÂ relations as at a âlow point,â signaled attempts to restore trust between the two countries during a recent trip to Moscow.
âWe need to attempt to put an end to this steady degradation, which is doing nothing to restore the trust between our two countries or to make progress on the issues of the greatest importance to both of us,â Tillerson said.
Originally Published By Infowars.com