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Published: 12:43, September 19, 2023 | Updated: 13:01, September 19, 2023
Russia intercepts US spy plane over Barents Sea
By Xinhua
Published:12:43, September 19, 2023 Updated:13:01, September 19, 2023 By Xinhua

This file photo dated April 16, 2014 shows a US Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft taking off from Perth International Airport, in Australia. (PHOTO / POOL VIA REUTERS)

MOSCOW - A MiG-31 fighter was scrambled on Monday to intercept a US P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft over the Barents Sea, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

Russian airspace control systems detected an aerial target approaching the state border, it said, adding that a MiG-31 fighter was scrambled to identify the target and prevent a violation of the state border.

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Once the Russian fighter approached, the US plane turned away from the state border.

The flight was carried out in strict compliance with international rules of the use of airspace over neutral waters, according to the defense ministry. 

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