WASHINGTON — The U.S. military says it intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska's coast.

Navy Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, says a pair of F-22 Raptor aircraft intercepted the Russian TU-95 Bear bombers on Monday.

Ross says the intercept was "safe and professional."

North American Aerospace Defense Command monitors air approaches to North America and defends the airspace.


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In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, a Russian Tu-95 strategic bomber on a cruise missile attack mission on targets in Syria
Photo Credit: Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP

Fox News said Tuesday the Russian planes flew within 100 miles (160 kilometers) of Alaska's Kodiak Island.

It said the American jets escorted the Russian bombers for 12 minutes. The bombers then flew back to eastern Russia.