US Air Force Intercepts Two Russian Bomber Planes

US officials say two Russian nuclear-capable bombers flew near Kodiak Island in Alaska.

This is the first time since President Trump took office that Moscow has sent bombers this close to the United States.

The two planes flew 280 miles southwest of the Elmendorf Air Force Base near the US Air Defense Identification Zone.

The Air Force sent out two stealth fighter jets and an early warning plane to intercept the pair of bombers.

The jets flew alongside the bombers for 12 minutes before they reversed their course and headed back to their base in eastern Russian.

While visiting Moscow last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the relationship between the United States and Russia was at a low point.

During that trip, three Russian bombers flew near Japan's east coast prompting the Japanese to send 14 fighter jets to intercept.

The last time Russian bombers flew near the US was two years ago on July 4th when two bombers came as close as 40 miles to Mendocino, California.

That day, Russian President Vladimir Putin called then US President Obama wishing him a happy Independence day.

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