British Typhoon fighter jets have intercepted Russian warplanes over the North Sea, near British airspace.
The alarm was triggered by Royal Navy (RAF) aircraft from Losimut Airport in northern Scotland, British agencies said.
The British planes intercepted a pair of Russian TU-142s as well as anti-submarine planes, and the RAF described the situation as from the Cold War era.
The Russian planes were spotted by NATO as they passed through the airspace patrolled by the North Atlantic Alliance.
“We have worked closely with units from all over the Kingdom to ensure another successful interception, ensuring the integrity of Britain and NATO,” said one of the British Typhoon pilots.
“Our NATO colleagues first informed us, and then the RAF Control and Reporting Center redirected them,” the pilot said.