Russia sends its ‘nuclear bombers’ on mission over Pacific Ocean forcing South Korea and Japan to scramble jets for escort them away from their territory

Thursday, August 24, 2017
By Paul Martin

It featured Russian Tupolev-95MS bombers, Sukhoi-35S jets and an A-50 plane
They flew over neutral waters near South Korea, Russia’s Defence Ministry said
It gave no further details about number of aircraft or why the mission took place
Russia repeatedly voiced concerns about rising tensions on Korean Peninsula

24 August 2017

South Korea has scrambled jets to intercept Russian bombers flying over waters near the country.

Russian Tupolev-95MS bombers flew over neutral waters accompanied by Sukhoi-35S fighter jets and an A-50 early warning and control aircraft, its defence ministry has said.

It gave no details about the overall number of aircraft that had taken part in what it called a pre-arranged flight – or why the mission took place.

Russia, which shares a border with North Korea, has repeatedly voiced concerns about rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula following Pyongyang’s nuclear missile programme.

It has also repeatedly complained about Japan’s plans to host a US anti-missile system on its soil.

The TU-95MS bombers were refuelled in mid-air during the mission, the ministry said.

During parts of the route, the bombers were escorted by South Korean and Japanese military jets, it added.

It comes at a time of great tension in the region, particularly between US President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Trump recently said his aggressive stance on North Korea has been successful and its leader Kim Jong-Un had started to ‘respect him’.

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