Putin accuses UK of ‘deliberate provocation’ over spy plane for second time in a WEEK

On Monday, Russia said it had scrambled a fighter jet to intercept one of the RAF’s RC-135s after it allegedly crossed over the Russian border near Svyatoi Nos, a small cape on the Baring Sea, in the far north of the country.

The nation’s defence ministry said a MiG-31, a Soviet supersonic aircraft, forced it to turn around.

However, the MoD accused Russia of recklessness, arguing it had been flying in neutral territory.

An MoD spokesperson said: “A Russian MiG-31 jet conducted an unsafe close pass of an RAF RC-135W Rivet Joint aircraft as it carried out a routine operation in international airspace over the Norwegian and Barents Seas on Monday, August 15.