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The Russian aircraft were "intercepted and monitored by the F-22s until the bombers left the ADIZ along the Aleutian Island chain heading west" and never entered U.S. airspace, according to the statement.

Scott Miller, representing the North American Command aerospace forces (NORAD), said that identifying and subsequent interception of bombers model Tu-95 is necessitated by the occurrence aircraft in the area of responsibility of NORAD.

Russian bombers were escorted by two F-22 fighter jets in global airspace for 40 minutes, the RIA Novosti news agency cited the Russian Defense Ministry as saying on May 12.

Russian bombers TU-95 and TU-142 remained under escort of two F-22 fighters in an global airspace for 40 minutes, the Russian news agency RIA reported, citing the Russian Defense Ministry.

A pair of USA fighter jets intercepted two TU-95 bombers, similar to the one pictured here, Friday morning off the Alaskan coast. At no time did the bombers enter North American sovereign airspace.

In April a year ago NORAD and the Pentagon said Tu-95 Bear bombers were spotted in worldwide air space on three occasions - twice near the Aleutian Islands and once near mainland Alaska and Canada.

The last time Russian bombers flew so close to Alaska was May 3, 2017, officials told Fox News.

"NORAD continues to monitor all air activity emanating from within and outside North American airspace", Miller said.