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RAF scrambles aircraft over Russian jets 'threat'

The Ministry of Defence says Typhoon jets were scrambled when Russian aircraft came close to UK airspace.

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Russian aircraft stayed in 'international airspace'

The Russian aircraft that were 'intercepted' by RAF Typhoon jets earlier today remained in international airspace, the Ministry of Defence has said.

"The aircraft were subsequently identified as Russian military aircraft. The Russian military aircraft remained in international airspace at all times as they are perfectly entitled to do so." A spokesman for the MoD said.

"Russian military flights have never entered UK sovereign airspace without authorisation."

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