American F-22 fighter jets intercepted two Russian Tu-95 bomber off the coast of Alaska.
The strategy by the 2 Tupolev Tu-95 Russian "Bear" plane marked the primary time in simply over a 12 months that Russian bombers had flown that near USA territory.
Accompanied by MiG-31 and Su-35 fighters, the Russian jets flew over the neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean, the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk and conducted re-fueling in the air, the ministry's spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.
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Russian long-range combers got into the Air Defense Identification Zone which extends for around 200 miles from Alaska's western coast.
The aircraft were intercepted and monitored until they left the airspace near the Aleutian Islands.
The long-range Tupelev Tu-95 bombers were "intercepted and visually identified" 11 May morning by a pair of F-22 Raptors as the Russian aircraft flew just north of Alaska's Aleutian islands, said Canadian Army Maj Andrew Hennessy, of NORAD public affairs.
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The jets never entered US airspace, according to the report, and turned back after passing the Aleutian Islands.
It is the first incident of the kind since United States jets intercepted Russian aircraft over a year ago on May 3, 2017.
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NATO naval officials in late 2017 also reported Russian submarines probing underseas data cables in the North Atlantic.