Two US fighter jets have intercepted two Russian bombers in worldwide airspace off the coast of Alaska.
Two Russian long-range bombers were intercepted off the coast of Alaska by a pair of F-22 Raptor fighter jets on Friday, the military said.
The bombers entered a US air-defense identification zone (ADIZ), outlined as airspace extending roughly 200 miles from the nation's shoreline, although primarily composed of worldwide airspace.
The Russian aircraft were "intercepted and monitored by the F-22s until the bombers left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Island chain heading west" and never entered U.S. airspace, according to the statement.
The intercept was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.
The U.S. jets on Friday did not get closer then 100 meters to the Russian ones, according to Reuters. The aircraft are capable of carrying nuclear bombs, but it unclear what weapons they had on board, if any.
Russian bombers were escorted by two F-22 fighter jets in global airspace for 40 minutes, the RIA Novosti news agency cited the Russian Defense Ministry as saying on May 12.
Miller said that was not true.
It was not clear if the Russian air operation was an opportunity for real-world training or if it was in response to USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military operations elsewhere.
It is noted that the Russian bombers did not cross the air border of Canada and the United States.
Russian Federation has increased its military presence in the area since it annexed Crimea in 2014.
Two Russian bombers were intercepted by USA stealth fighters in global airspace off the coast of Alaska on Friday.
Friday's incident was relatively routine, but more aggressive maneuvers have anxious defense officials and diplomats who said the encounters may eventually cause collisions or miscalculations that lead to a shoot-down.
"All the flights are being carried out in strict compliance with the worldwide rules of the use of airspace without violating borders of other countries", the ministry added.