Two US F-16 fighter jets have been sent to intercept two Russian bombers that flew near Alaska, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said.
The Tu-95 Bear-H bombers were intercepted on Monday after “entering and operating within the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ),” NORAD said in a statement Tuesday.
Although the Russian plane did not enter US or Canadian sovereign airspace, NORAD said it “detected, tracked, identified and intercepted” the bombers while they were in the ADIZ.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Defense Identification Zones are areas of airspace that require all aircraft to be identified and located to have their flight plans checked “in the interest of national security. “.
NORAD, a joint air defense organization of the United States and Canada, said the Russian activity “is not considered a threat, nor a provocation.”
He added: “NORAD positively tracks and identifies foreign military aircraft entering the ADIZ. NORAD regularly monitors foreign aircraft movements and, if necessary, escorts them from the ADIZ.”
It comes at a time when relations between United States and Russia are at their lowest since the Cold War.
Tensions remain high between the two countries over the Russian invasion of Ukraine.