RAF Typhoons have been scrambled to intercept a Russian bomber plane flying near NATO airspace over the Black Sea.
Two RAF jets based in Romania were launched in response to the Russian Su-24 FENCER aircraft earlier this morning.
The Russian plane was flying over the western Black Sea towards NATO airspace, the RAF said in a statement.
It added that Russian aircraft did not enter NATO airspace and that the Typhoons patrolled the skies for a short period as a deterrent before returning to base.
A Typhoon pilot from 1 (Fighter) Squadron said: “When we received the message to scramble, we sprinted to the jets with our engineers, fired up the aircraft and took off all within a matter of minutes.
“We were then vectored toward the unknown Russian aircraft who were close to infringing NATO airspace.
“The Russian aircraft did not enter NATO airspace so we were ordered to patrol the skies for a short period of time as a deterrent, until finally returning to MK Air Base.
“We routinely conduct air policing in the UK so today’s event is familiar and went seamlessly.”