Two Russian bombers flew within 100 miles of Alaska's Kodiak Island Monday night, prompting the U.S.to scramble two stealth fighter jets and an AWACS plane to intercept them.
Before this incident, the last time Russian bombers flew this close to the USA took place on July 4, 2015.
There was no bridge-to-bridge communication between the USA and Russian aircraft, but three USA officials said the Russians acted "very professionally".
It was the first interception of Russian aircraft by the North American Aerospace Defense Command since. The Russian aircraft were in global airspace throughout the encounter as American airspace extends 12 nautical miles from the USA shoreline.
In the midst of the worsening tensions between the U.S. and Russia, a senior-level United States official reported this evening (Tuesday) that two Russian planes flew near Alaska.
The Russian planes didn't enter US territory.
It was reported that the Russian TU-95 Bear bombers then returned back to eastern Russia. An Air Defense Identification Zone is airspace that is monitored in the interest of national security where aircraft are required to identify themselves.