The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) announced on Tuesday that two American fighter jets intercepted four Russian planes that approached US airspace over Alaska .
Norad said in a statement that this “routine” interception of the four Russian aircraft, including a Tu-95 heavy bomber and Su-35 fighter, took place on Monday.
The interception process does not mean that foreign aircraft necessarily violated US or Canadian airspace, as NORAD sends fighters to accompany any warplane if it flies too close to North American airspace.
The statement stressed that “the Russian planes remained in international airspace and did not enter US or Canadian sovereign airspace.”
NORAD stated in its statement that these Russian sorties “occur on a regular basis and do not represent a threat or be considered a provocative activity.”