Russia sends nuclear-capable bombers on
mission near South Korea, Japan
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[August 24, 2017]
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian
nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown over the Pacific Ocean, the
Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea, prompting Japan and
South Korea to scramble jets to escort them, Russia said on Thursday.
Russia's Defence Ministry said in a statement the Tupolev-95MS bombers,
code named "Bears" by NATO, flew over neutral waters and were
accompanied by Russian Sukhoi-35S fighter jets and A-50 early warning
and control aircraft.
It gave no details about the overall number of aircraft that had taken
part in what it called a pre-arranged flight and did not say when or why
the mission took place.
The TU-95MS bombers were refueled in mid-air during the mission, the
During parts of the route, the bombers were escorted by South Korean and
Japanese military jets, it added.
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A Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bomber, the carrier of nuclear rockets,
lands at the Yemelyanovo airport near Russia's Siberian city of
Krasnoyarsk, June 8, 2011. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin
Russia, which shares a border with North Korea, has repeatedly
voiced concerns about rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula caused
by Pyongyang's nuclear missile program, and has complained about
Japan's plans to deploy a U.S. anti-missile system on its soil.
(Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Andrew Osborn)
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