Published on Jan 29, 2015
Russian military planes flying near UK airspace caused “disruption to civil aviation” on Wednesday, the Foreign Office has said. It said the two Russian planes did not enter UK airspace, but the manoeuvres were “part of increasing pattern of out-of-area operations” by Russia.
The planes were “escorted” by RAF jets “throughout the time they were in the UK area of interest”, officials added. Russia’s ambassador has been summoned to “account for the incident”.
Typhoon fighters were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Coningsby to escort the Russian aircraft, and the RAF said the mission lasted 12 hours.