Russia dismisses claims its bombers approached liner over Norwegian Sea

Russia’s Tupolev-160 bombers were flying with their transponders turned on at a considerable distance from civilian planes.

The Russian Defence Ministry has dismissed the statements of Iceland's Foreign Ministry saying Russian bombers approached an airliner over the Norwegian Sea.

According to the ministry's official spokesman Igor Konashenkov, on September 22 Russia’s Tupolev-160 bombers were flying with their transponders turned on at a considerable distance from civilian planes.

"Claims by Icelandic pilots and diplomats Russian long-range aviation planes had come dangerously close to a civilian liner over the Norwegian Sea are nothing but a fruit of their imagination," Konashenkov said.

"Let me point out that the route of our planes lay over the Barents and Norwegian seas in strict compliance with the international rules of using airspace.".

First published by TASS.

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