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Two Russian bombers detected in the UK area of interest

Two Russian bombers detected in the UK area of interestBritish Typhoon jets have been scrambled to intercept two Russian Blackjack bombers that flew close to British airspace, Britain’s Ministry of Defence confirmed on Thursday.

The RAF aircraft were sent up from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland when the bombers passed to the west of Shetland, but at no point did the planes stray into UK airspace.

Aircraft from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire were also launched as a "precautionary measure" on Thursday but were not required to intercept the Russian jets.

A Royal Air Force spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth intercepted two Russian Blackjack bombers and escorted them while they were in the UK area of interest."

In December last year British military officials held talks with their counterparts in Moscow over "incursions" of Russian aircraft around the UK.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said the talks were aimed at finding ways of heading off any "miscalculation or accident".
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