Russian bombers finish routine patrol over Pacific

09:10, April 16, 2010      

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Two Tu-95MS strategic bombers patrolled the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Japan on Thursday, the Russian Air Force spokesman said.

The bombers took off from the Ukrainka air base in the Amur Region and finished the 12-hour routine patrol, Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Drik, spokesman of the Russian Air Force told Itar-Tass.

"The Russian aircraft were accompanied en-route by F-15, F-16, and F-4 fighter planes of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force," the spokesman said.

"The aircraft of the Russian Air Force make all flights strictly in accordance with international rules for the use of the airspace above neutral waters, without crossing the borders of other states," he said.

Russian strategic bombers resumed patrols over the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans in August 2007, under an order from then-President Vladimir Putin.

Source: Xinhua


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