Russia Flies Strategic Bomber Planes Near Japan as PM Visits Ukraine

(Reuters) —
A Russian Tu-95MS strategic bomber takes off in an unknown location to perform a flight over the neutral waters of the Sea of Japan, in this still image taken from video released Tuesday. (Russian Defense Ministry/Handout via REUTERS)

Two Russian strategic bomber planes flew over the Sea of Japan for more than seven hours, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday in a statement released as Japan’s prime minister was beginning a visit to Ukraine.

The Tupolev Tu-95MS planes are capable of carrying nuclear weapons and Moscow regularly flies them over international waters in the Arctic, North Atlantic and Pacific as a show of strength.

The timing of the latest flight appeared more pointed than usual, as Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was due in Kyiv later on a visit to show solidarity with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the war against Russia.

Russia said the strategic bombers made a “planned flight”, escorted by fighter planes. It was carried out in strict compliance with international law and was made over neutral waters, the Defense Ministry said.

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