The British Royal Air Force scrambled fighter jets to intercept a pair of Russian Blackjack bombers as they encroached on airspace the UK considers an “area of interest” on Monday morning.

Two RAF Typhoon fighters out of Lossiemouth in Scotland were launched to intercept and escort the two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack bombers as they came to within 50 miles of UK airspace. Two more Belgian F-16s were also scrambled to intercept the long-range bombers in the same incident.

“We can confirm that Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth scrambled to monitor two Blackjack bombers approaching the UK area of interest.” An RAF spokesman said following the incident.

“The Russian aircraft were initially monitored by a variety of friendly nation fighters and subsequently intercepted by the RAF in the North Sea. At no point did the Russian aircraft enter sovereign UK airspace.”