US bombers have practiced strikes in the Kaliningrad region, the Defense Ministry said.
According to the commander-in-chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces, Sergei Surovikin, the exercises, during which American aircraft practiced strikes against the Kaliningrad region and other western regions of the Russian Federation, were held on August 31.
Three B-52H bombers took part in them. They practiced cruise missile strikes over the territory of Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and the Baltic countries.
Surovikin clarified that the B-52H crews practiced reaching the line of using cruise missiles with a simulated missile strike on targets.
The planes took off from the British airbase Fairford, flew over the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, the Baltic countries to the area of the Estonian Tapa training ground and returned back over the waters of the Baltic and North Seas.
The commander-in-chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces noted that American aircraft were tracked by radar units of the Baltic Fleet and the Sixth Army of the Air Force and Air Defense.
Surovikin also said that two Su-27 fighters of the Baltic Fleet naval aviation took off to intercept and escort the aircraft, and added that this was done in order to prevent violation of Russian airspace.
Earlier it was reported that Russian fighters climbed to intercept aircraft from the United States, Sweden and Norway. The interception of foreign aircraft by the Russian Su-27 was filmed, which later hit the Web.