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British and German fighter jets intercepted an unresponsive Russian aircraft flying close to NATO airspace on Tuesday, the same day that the United States accused Russian fighter jets of intentionally downing an American drone over the Black Sea.

The BBC reported that two Typhoon fighter aircraft—one from the British 140 Expeditionary Air Wing and the other from the German 71 Tactical Air Wing Richthofen—were scrambling to intercept a Russian Il-78 Midas refueling plane that was flying between St. Petersburg and the Kaliningrad exclave.

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Russian aircraft routinely fly along the edges of NATO airspace, as do NATO aircraft around Russian frontiers. Such flights may be intended for reconnaissance, testing reaction times, or as part of routine transits between bases. The Russian refueling aircraft failed to communicate with air traffic control in Estonia, according to the BBC.

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