Russia says it scrambled fighter jet as US bombers approached border

Russian and US state flags fly near a factory in Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad Region, Russia on 27 March 2019Reuters file photo

The Russian defence ministry on Sunday said it had scrambled a MiG-31 fighter jet after the approach of two US B-1B bombers towards the Russian border over the Barents Sea.

The US bombers turned away from the Russian border after the approach of the MiG-31, the ministry said.