The United States intercepted two Russian fighter jets and four Russian bombers near the Alaskan coast on Monday, according to the North American Air Force defense.
U.S. F-22 fighters "canceled a total of four Tupolev Tu-95 bombs and two Su-35 fighters who entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on May 20," said NORAD in a statement.
Air Defense Identification Zone stretches about 200 miles from Alaska's western coast.
"Two of the Russian bombers were intercepted by two F-22s, and another group of bombers with Su-35 warriors were intercepted later by two further F-22's," NORAD said. .
NORAD said the Russians stayed in the international sky "and in no time entered the plane into the US or Canadian sovereign airspace."
Russia's Defense Ministry said the bombs "made planned sorties over Chutotka's neutral waters, Bering and Okhotsk seas, as well as along the west coast of Alaska and the northern coast of the Aleutian islands."
"At certain stages of the route was Russian aircraft escorted "by the F-22 fighter jets, the Ministry said