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David Cameron has said Russia appeared to be trying to make "some sort of a point" after two Russian Bear bombers were spotted off the coast of Cornwall.
"I think what this episode demonstrates is that we do have the fast jets, the pilots, the systems in place to protect the United Kingdom," the Prime Minister said during an event at Felixstowe in Suffolk.
"I suspect what's happening here is that the Russians are trying to make some sort of a point and I don't think we should dignify it with too much of a response."
Two Russian planes escorted away from the Cornish coast by the RAF never entered UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement.
A spokesperson for the department said: RAF Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon fighter aircraft were launched yesterday after Russian aircraft were identified flying close to UK airspace.
"The Russian planes were escorted by the RAF until they were out of the UK area of interest. At no time did the Russian military aircraft cross into UK sovereign airspace.”
The MoD said the planes were not deemed to be a threat at any point.