Moment RAF jets kept Vladimir Putin’s bomber in check

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A dramatic video right now revealed the second RAF Typhoon fighter jets escorted a quartet of Russian plane off the coast of Scotland after they headed in the direction of UK airspace over the North Sea.

The Typhoons have been scrambled from Lossiemouth in Moray after two Russian Tu-95 Bear H bombers and two maritime patrol Tu-142 Bear F plane have been tracked by the RAF close to the ‘UK’s space of curiosity’ over the North Sea.

After a mid-air standoff of a number of minutes yesterday afternoon they have been escorted away with out getting into UK airspace – with the incident coming simply hours earlier than Russian president Vladimir Putin and Boris Johnson spoke.

The Russian footage highlights a mission that got here quickly after Mr Johnson’s return from a go to to Kyiv on Tuesday and earlier than he warned the Kremlin chief yesterday that an assault on Ukraine could be a ‘tragic miscalculation’. 

The British high-readiness plane took off from Lossiemouth after warnings have been obtained in regards to the inbound Russian jets. The fast response drive was accompanied by a RAF Voyager refuelling plane from Brize Norton.

They intercepted and escorted the Russian jets away from UK airspace in an incident which came about at an especially tense time in UK-Russia relations. The Typhoons flew in shut proximity to the Russian plane, which had entered airspace generally known as the UK’s ‘space of curiosity’, which isn’t the identical as UK sovereign airspace.

The ‘space of curiosity’ is farther from the British Isles and contains worldwide airspace, however the UK is liable for policing it and offering air visitors management providers. While such operations are usually not uncommon, the timing of the incident on the day that the Prime Minister and Mr Putin spoke in a cellphone name gave it extra significance. 

As tensions continued to mount with greater than 100,000 Russian troops now massed on the border with Ukraine: 

  • Ministers have been warned Britain faces a wave of Russian cyber-attacks over of its staunch assist for Ukraine;
  • Mr Johnson expressed his ‘deep concern’ about Russian aggression throughout his name with President Putin;
  • Mr Putin stated after the dialog that the West was giving no floor on Russia’s safety considerations.
  • US President Joe Biden unveiled a plan to ship hundreds extra troops and weapons to the area;
  • Russia has constructed up tanks, artillery, helicopters, warplanes and plane close to the Ukraine border.

Russian footage reveals the RAF escorting two Russian Tu-95 Bear H strategic bombers off the coast of Scotland yesterday

The Russian footage featured this video from contained in the cockpit of the one of many 4 Bear plane concerned yesterday

Two Russian Tu-95 Bear H bombers and two maritime patrol Tu-142 Bear F plane have been tracked by the RAF yesterday

The video revealed the second RAF Typhoon fighter jets escorted a quartet of Russian plane off the coast of Scotland

Multiple Typhoons from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray have been concerned in the mission off the coast of Scotland yesterday

An RAF spokesman informed MailOnline final evening: ‘Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon fighters primarily based at RAF Lossiemouth supported by a Voyager from RAF Brize Norton have been scrambled in opposition to unidentified plane approaching the UK space of curiosity. Subsequently we intercepted and escorted 4 Russian Bear plane.’  

The Tu-95 is the one propeller-powered strategic bomber nonetheless in operational use right now, and the aircraft first flew 70 years in the past.

Don’t make a tragic mistake, Boris warns Putin in tense cellphone name 

Boris Johnson warned Vladimir Putin that an invasion of Ukraine could be a ‘tragic miscalculation’ throughout a cellphone name between the 2 leaders yesterday.

The Prime Minister expressed his ‘deep concern’ about Russian aggression in a name that had been delayed due to the Partygate allegations.

The tense dialog got here as US President Joe Biden unveiled a plan to ship hundreds extra troops and weapons to the area. The name with Mr Putin – which lasted between 4 or 5 minutes – follows Mr Johnson’s diplomatic journey to Ukraine on Tuesday. 

He held a joint press convention with its president, Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he vowed to unleash speedy sanctions ‘the second the primary Russian toe cap’ crosses into Ukraine.

More than 100,000 Russian troops are massed on the nation’s border, with many positioned on Ukraine’s northern border in Belarus, Russia’s ally.

Downing Street stated of yesterday’s name: ‘The Prime Minister expressed his deep concern about Russia’s present hostile exercise on the Ukrainian border. He emphasised the necessity to discover a manner ahead which respects each Ukraine’s territorial integrity and proper to self-defence. The Prime Minister careworn that any additional Russian incursion into Ukrainian territory could be a tragic miscalculation.’

A spokesman stated Mr Johnson informed Mr Putin that Ukraine had the correct to hitch Nato, and emphasised that the alliance was defensive. She added: ‘The leaders agreed that aggravation was in no-one’s curiosity. The Prime Minister careworn the significance of dialogue and diplomacy, and the necessity to embody Ukraine in talks.’

President Putin stated after the dialog that the West was giving no floor on Russia’s safety considerations. 

The Tu-95s had flown from Engels air base in Saratov area, with the Tu-142 flying from Kipelovo air base in Vologda area.

A Russian report stated: ‘In the course of the flight, the crews of Tu-95 plane practiced aerial refuelling. The flight time was about 15 hours.

‘At some levels of the route, the Russian strategic missile carriers have been accompanied by Eurofighter Typhoon fighters of the British Air Force.’

In November final year, jets have been launched in response to Russian TU-160 Blackjack strategic bombers.

Officials stated on the time that the fighters escorted the Russian plane out of the realm of curiosity and that the bombers didn’t enter UK airspace.

In one other dramatic episode, a Royal Navy warship continued its monitoring mission yesterday as a pair of Russian naval vessels transited by way of the English Channel.

HMS Argyle, a Type 23 frigate, assumed duty for escorting the Soobrazitelniy and the Stoykiy from the French Navy earlier this week. The Ministry of Defence described the transfer as a ‘regular response’.

Yesterday, Mr Johnson warned Mr Putin that an invasion of Ukraine could be a ‘tragic miscalculation’ throughout a cellphone name between the 2 leaders.

The Prime Minister expressed his ‘deep concern’ about Russian aggression in a name that had been delayed due to the Partygate allegations.

The tense dialog got here as US President Joe Biden unveiled a plan to ship hundreds extra troops and weapons to the area.

The name with Mr Putin – which lasted between 4 or 5 minutes – follows Mr Johnson’s diplomatic journey to Ukraine on Tuesday.

He held a joint press convention with its president, Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he vowed to unleash speedy sanctions ‘the second the primary Russian toe cap’ crosses into Ukraine.

More than 100,000 Russian troops are massed on the nation’s border, with many positioned on Ukraine’s northern border in Belarus, Russia’s ally.

Downing Street stated of yesterday’s name: ‘The Prime Minister expressed his deep concern about Russia’s present hostile exercise on the Ukrainian border.

‘He emphasised the necessity to discover a manner ahead which respects each Ukraine’s territorial integrity and proper to self-defence. The Prime Minister careworn that any additional Russian incursion into Ukrainian territory could be a tragic miscalculation.’

Boris Johnson spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a tense cellphone name yesterday and later issued this tweet

A Ukrainian marine border guard walks on the deck of a ship after a patrol yesterday close to Mariupol in Donetsk, Ukraine

Ukrainian border guards patrol the border with Russia yesterday not removed from Hoptivka village in Kharkiv area, Ukraine

{A photograph} launched by the Russians on Tuesday reveals a sniper firing throughout a army train in Nizhny Novgorod

A spokesman stated Mr Johnson informed Mr Putin that Ukraine had the correct to hitch Nato, and emphasised that the alliance was defensive.

She added: ‘The leaders agreed that aggravation was in no-one’s curiosity. The Prime Minister careworn the significance of dialogue and diplomacy, and the necessity to embody Ukraine in talks.’

President Putin stated after the dialog that the West was giving no floor on Russia’s safety considerations.

In a major present of drive yesterday, President Biden introduced that he was sending about 2,000 US-based troops to Poland and Germany and shifting 1,000 troopers from Germany to Romania.

The Pentagon stated it was an indication of US dedication to allies on Nato’s japanese flank amid fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. The strikes weren’t everlasting however designed to reassure allies at a time of rigidity.

‘It’s vital that we ship a robust sign to Mr Putin and to the world of the US dedication to Nato,’ Pentagon press secretary John Kirby stated.

Snipers transfer throughout a army train in the Nizhny Novgorod Region in this picture issued by the Russians on Tuesday

The Russians launched this picture yesterday of Russian T-72B3 tanks firing throughout army drills at Golovenki close to Moscow

Russian and Belarusian armored automobiles drive throughout a joint army drills at Brestsky firing vary in Belarus yesterday

Boris Johnson speaks with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky in Ukraine throughout a diplomatic go to on Tuesday

He stated France would ship troop reinforcements to Romania, and different European Nato international locations are contemplating including forces. Russia denounced the deployment and warned that they might complicate the disaster.

‘The unfounded damaging steps will solely gasoline army tensions and slim the sector for political selections,’ Russian deputy overseas minister Alexander Grushko stated.

The US already has a number of thousand troops in Poland, and Romania is host to a Nato missile defence system that Russia considers a risk to its safety.

Poland’s defence minister Mariusz Blaszczak wrote on Twitter that the US deployment to his nation was ‘a robust sign of solidarity in response to the scenario in Ukraine’.

Russia’s build-up in areas close to the Ukraine border contains tanks, artillery, helicopters, warplanes and plane. Russian officers have insisted that Moscow has no intention of invading.