Britain Demands Explanation of Russian Bombers Flying Near Airspace

January 29, 2015 11:25 PM

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Britain summoned Russia's ambassador Thursday to explain why two Russian Bear long-range bombers flew close to British airspace, forcing British authorities to divert civil aircraft.

The Foreign Office said in a statement that Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon jets were scrambled to intercept the Russian bombers, which were in a “U.K. area of interest” on Wednesday.

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