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Russian strategic bombers complete patrol mission over Arctic

RIA Novosti


MOSCOW, December 10 (RIA Novosti) - Two Russian Tu-95 MS Bear strategic bombers have accomplished a routine patrol mission over neutral waters of the Arctic and Pacific oceans, an Air Force spokesman said on Thursday.

"In the period of December 9-10 two turboprop Tu-95 MS bombers took off from the Ukrainka air base and successfully accomplished the air patrol mission. The route of their flight passed from the neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean," Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said.

The bombers were accompanied by F-15 Eagle and F-4 fighters.

Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans in August 2007, following an order from then-president Vladimir Putin.

All flights by Russian aircraft are performed in strict compliance with international law on the use of airspace over neutral waters, without intruding the airspace of other states.

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