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Although the airspace in question is over international territory, it should be considered a provocation by the Putin regime and designed to determine our response time.
Russian Tu-95s are no strangers to our defense zones but it's unusual for them to be accompanied by Su-35 "Flanker" fighter jets.
The U.S. intercept was carried out by a pair of Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets that were in the process of flying patrol in the area.
A NORAD spokesperson told Fox News the intercept started at 9:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
According to officials, the Su-35 jets were unarmed and in international airspace.
The incident comes just one day after President Trump and Vladimir Putin spoke over the phone. According to the White House, the two men discussed the crises in the Middle East and North Korea but Trump did not discuss recent Russian provocations such as the four consecutive days last month in which Russian bombers flew near Alaska for the first time since 2014.
The conversation between the two egos was described by the White House as "a very good one."
That says it all.
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