One of the Russian planes flew near the USS Mount Whitney, the flagship of the United States Sixth Fleet, which was coordinating the Trident Juncture military drills.
Two Russian Tu-142 (NATO codename Bear-F) planes conducted a planned flight over neutral waters in the Norwegian Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry stated on Saturday.
“On November 2, 2018, two anti-submarine aircraft Tu-142 of the Russian Navy’s aviation performed a planned flight over the neutral waters of the Norwegian Sea. The flight’s duration was more than 12 hours… All flights of the naval aircraft of the Russian Navy are carried out in strict accordance with the international rules for the use of airspace without violating the borders of other countries,” the statement of the ministry read, adding that the planes then landed at the airfield in the Russian northern central Vologda Region.
The flight was conducted during the NATO Trident Juncture 18 exercises in the area.