USA fighters intercepted two Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska

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After intercepting American planes watched the Tu-95 until they left identification zone in the Western direction.

The U.S. F-22 stealth fighter jets monitored the Cold War-era Russian bombers, which never entered sovereign North American airspace, Canadian Army Maj.

Scott Miller, representing the North American Command aerospace forces (NORAD), said that identifying and subsequent interception of bombers model Tu-95 is necessitated by the occurrence aircraft in the area of responsibility of NORAD.

Two F-22 fighter jets from the third Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, conduct strategy coaching, on this U.S. Air Drive image taken March 24, 2016.

The statement said the Russian jets were "intercepted and monitored" but never entered U.S. airspace.

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He added that the U.S. jets monitored the Russians until the propellor-driven bombers left the Identification Zone along the Aleutians heading west.

The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news website, first reported the intercept. The Russian Sukhoi Su-27 jet came within 20 feet of the American P-8 in worldwide airspace.

The bombers were flying in worldwide airspace and "flying according to global norms", he said.

Russia's state-run news agency TASS said the U.S. jets did not come within "100 metres" of the Russian aircraft.

Encounters between Russian and well as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation warplanes have increased as Moscow has demonstrated its resurgent military might. Last week, Russia scrambled jets four times in response to foreign reconnaissance flights near its border, the Russian news service Interfax reported.