by The Chicago Times Staff
September 28, 2021
TOKYO — According to Pacific Air Forces, three Russian Sukhoi-35S fighters intercepted a US B-52H Stratofortress bomber Sunday near disputed territory claimed by Russia and Japan.
On the day of the incident, the Russian state-owned news agency TASS was the first to report it.
Russia’s military announced plans to expand its military facilities on Etorofu in August, and troops have been conducting live-fire military drills there this month, according to intelligence sources.
The dispute over the islands, which Japan refers to as its Northern Territories and Russia refers to as the Southern Kurils, is still a source of contention and the reason the countries have yet to sign a peace treaty 76 years after World War II.
The US bomber was detected over the Pacific Ocean by air defense radars in Russia’s Eastern Military Region before it was intercepted on Sunday, according to TASS.
The Russian fighters returned to base after the US bomber flew away from the Russian border, according to TASS, citing the Russian military.