RAF scrambles jets to intercept Russian bomber aircrafts for second time in a week

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For the second time in a week, the Royal Air Force has scrambled Typhoon fighter jets to intercept Russian bomber aircraft approaching "the UK area of interest".

The RAF confirmed Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon fighters from RAF Lossiemouth, supported by a Voyager Tanker from RAF Brize Norton were deployed on Thursday.

"We intercepted and escorted two RussianTu-95 Bear F aircraft," an RAF spokesperson said.

A statement confirmed the Russian aircraft were escorted out of the UK's area of interest, and were monitored (with the help of Nato partners) as they continued through international airspace.

On Wednesday, RAF jets responded to four Russian strategic bombers approaching the UK "area of interest".

Again, the bombers were "intercepted and escorted" and at no point did they enter UK airspace.

The RAF said it routinely intercepts, identifies and escorts Russian aircraft that transit international airspace within the UK's area of interest.

At no time did the Russian bombers enter UK sovereign airspace, a spokesperson stressed.