Norway scrambles fighter jets to follow Russian bombers, says Moscow

The two Russian Tu-160 bombers flew a mission over the Barents and Norwegian seas, the said Russia's defense ministry.

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A Russian Tu-160 strategic bomber and MiG-31 fighter jets fly over the Barents and Norwegian seas during a previous flight, in this still image taken from video released July 21, 2021. (Russian Defense Ministry / Handout via Reuters)

MOSCOW — Norway scrambled fighter jets to escort two Russian Tu-160 bombers over the Barents and Norwegian seas, the Russian defense ministry said on Wednesday, according to local news agencies.

They said the two bombers had completed an eight-hour patrol over the Arctic and North Atlantic oceans.

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“At certain stages of the route, Russian strategic missile-carriers were followed by F-16 fighter jets of Norwegian air force,” Russia’s defense ministry was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin.