British fighters respond to Russian military encroaching borders

British fighter jets scrambled on Wednesday responding to two Russian military aircraft near UK airspace, only hours after three Russian ships were monitored entering the English Channel.

It’s the latest in a string of similar incidents and comes at a time of tense relations between London and Moscow over the both the Ukraine crisis and the death inquiry of Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko.

Russia's defence ministry said, the ships were en route to the North Atlantic, where they would be taking part in exercises "on anti-air and anti-submarine defence".

The English Channel is frequently and legitimately used as a route by Russian warships, however NATO countries are on alert over fears that Moscow may be attempting to destabilise countries on Europe's eastern flank which were once in the the Soviet orbit.

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