UPDATE Wednesday 1:20 p.m. EST:
Two Russian bombers flew near the coast of Alaska on Tuesday, Fox News reported. The nuclear-capable Tu-95 bombers came within 36 miles of the mainland.
The aircraft were sighted a day after the U.S. military intercepted two Russian bombers in the same area. The military did not intercept the bombers spotted on Tuesday.
ORIGINAL STORY: The U.S. military said it had intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska's coast, according to the Associated Press. Pentagon spokesperson Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross said that a pair of F-22 Raptor aircraft intercepted the Russia TU-95 Bear bombers on Monday.
He added that the intercept was "safe and professional."
US F-22s intercept Russian bombers off Alaska, Pentagon says. US lawmaker says Russians "trying to show their teeth" https://t.co/dnalOi8ucq— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) April 18, 2017
On Tuesday, Fox News reported that the Russian planes flew within 100 miles of the U.S., off Alaska's Kodiak Island. The American jets escorted the Russian bombers for 12 minutes. The bombers subsequently flew back to eastern Russia.
The intercept comes about a week after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said U.S.-Russian relations were at a "low point."
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