For the first time in nearly three months, Russia flew nuclear-capable “Bear” bombers near Japan, Wednesday, the latest sign of increasing tensions in the region, two US officials tell Fox News.
The officials said three Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers took off from a base in eastern Russia flying in the Sea of Japan and remained in international airspace.
One U.S. official described the Russian bomber flight as “clearly meant to send a message.”
Japan scrambled 14 fighter jets at different times to intercept the Russian bombers and spy plane during flight near Japan, officials told Fox News.
The Russian bombers came as close as 36 miles from Japan, but remained in international airspace.
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