Toronto: Fighter jets were scrambled to
intercept two Russian bombers in the Arctic as they approached
Canadian airspace on the eve of an Arctic visit from Canada`s
Dimitri Soudas, a spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen
Harper, said today two Canadian CF-18 jets shadowed a pair of
Russian TU-95 Bear jets in international airspace yesterday.
Soudas says the bombers flew within 30 miles (50
kilometers) of Canadian soil. They were first spotted
approximately 120 nautical miles north of Inuvik, Northwest
Soudas says thanks to the rapid response, "at no time
did the Russian aircraft enter sovereign Canadian airspace."
Harper is due to observe an annual military exercise
in the Canadian Arctic today.