“On 11 July, the Russian airspace surveillance identified an air target over the neutral waters of the Sea of Japan [East Sea], flying in the direction of the state border of the Russian Federation”, the ministry said in a statement.
Russian fighter jets escorted the reconnaissance aircraft at a safe distance and returned to the home base after the US aircraft flew away from the Russian border.
Sputnik / Artem Zhitenev
The Russian aircraft carried out the flight in line with international rules concerning neutral waters, the ministry added.
Sputnik / Evgeny Biyatov
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