Russia scrambles fighter jet to accompany U.S. military plane

Russian Air Force MiG-31 fighter jets fly in formation during the Victory Day parade above Red Square in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia scrambled a MiG-31 fighter jet to accompany a U.S. military plane over the Barents sea on Friday, RIA news agency reported citing a Russian navy statement.

Russian military said the U.S. plane was identified as a P-8A Poseidon aircraft and the Russian fighter jet was returned to its base as soon as the U.S. plane made a U-turn and pulled away from the Russian border, according to RIA.

(Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Alison Williams)

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