Several British and French military aircraft were scrambled today.
Two RAF planes were sent to the coast off Newcastle after the Russian Blackjacks long-range bomber jets passed through “a variety of international airspace”, which had been monitored by NATO partners.
A French fighter jet and its supporting tanker plane had been sent out from an eastern French military airbase as they passed over the country earlier in the day.
UPDATE 15:10 UTC
- UK QRA tanker is returning to base
UPDATE 14:56 UTC
- French tanker and AWACS are returning to base
- 1 UK QRA fighter is returning to base
- UK QRA tanker is still up