Russia scrambles jet to intercept US navy plane

Moscow has scrambled a MiG-31 fighter jet to intercept a US Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol plane approaching its airspace over the Barents Sea, the Russian defence ministry has said.

“Russian airspace control equipment over the Barents Sea detected an air target approaching the State border of the Russian Federation,” it wrote on Telegram

“To identify an air target and prevent violation of the State Border of the Russian Federation, a MiG-31 fighter from the air defence duty forces of the Northern Fleet was scrambled into the air.” 

As the Russian fighter approached, the US aircraft “made a U-turn” and did not cross the border, it added. 

“The flight of the Russian fighter was carried out in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace over neutral waters without crossing air routes or dangerously approaching an aircraft of a foreign state,” it said.