2 Russian Bear bombers which were escorted by a pair of Su-35 “Flanker” fighter jets entered Alaska’s Air Defense Zone early Thursday morning, U.S. officials told reporters from Fox News.
The Russians were intercepted by a pair of U.S. Air Force stealth fighter jets which were already flying a patrol around 50 miles southwest of Chariot, Alaska.
It was the first time the U.S. Air Force has seen any Russian Su-35 fighter jets escorting Russian Cold War-era bombers near Alaska.
The Russian fighter jets were unarmed and are now in international airspace, officials said.
Thursday’s incident comes one day after President Trump spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone.
Both leaders described the conversation as “very good.”