Russian Strategic Bombers Fy Over Norwegian Sea on Routine Patrol

February 4, 2009, Moscow -- Two Russian Tu-95MS Bear-H strategic bombers carried out a routine patrol flight over the Norwegian Sea last night, an Air Force spokesman said on Wednesday.

"En route, the Russian long-range aircraft were accompanied by a pair of F-16s from Norway and Denmark as well as a Eurofighter Typhoon of the British Royal Air Force," Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said.

The spokesman said that during the 12-hour mission, the crews practiced in-flight refueling.

Russia resumed regular strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans in August 2007.

All flights by Russian aircraft strictly comply with international law on the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating the borders of other states. (RIA Novosti)

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