Russian bombers conduct routine nine-hour flight over Alaskan waters

According to the Defence Ministry, two Russian Tu-95MC bombers flew over Alaska’s waters for nine hours following international law.

According to the Russian defence ministry, two Russian Tu-95MC strategic bombers flew over neutral waters close to the American state of Alaska for nine hours. The plane flew over the Chukchi and Bering Seas, which are unclaimed by any nation. The administration emphasised that the flight complies completely with international laws governing airspace usage.

To emphasise the routine nature of these manoeuvres, General Kobylash said, “Long-range aviation pilots regularly fly over the neutral waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, Black Sea, Baltic Sea, and Pacific Ocean.” The Russian Ministry of Defence has often said that these flights do not violate other countries’ airspace and comply with international regulations.

Russia claims that its actions stay inside the boundaries of international airspace, although it regularly conducts military drills close to NATO territory. NATO nations conduct missions close to Russian territory despite these claims, demonstrating the mutual nature of military engagements in the area.