- Russian bombers passed through north of Shetland at around 11am today
- RAF refuelling plane was also sent to Scotland to support Typhoon on escort
- Putin carrying out manoeuvres north of Norway in response to NATO exercises
Two RAF jets have today scrambled to intercept Russian bombers as they approached UK airspace.
The Typhoons, which have a top speed of up to 1,500mph, left their base at Lossiemouth near Inverness at around 11.05am.
They screamed up to the Shetland Islands as Russian bombers passed through the Norwegian Sea and over the top of Scotland.
A RAF refuelling jet was also diverted towards Lossiemouth from Brize Norton as the British typhoons tracked the Russians.
The Ministry of Defence has refused to comment but Russia confirmed its bombers were flying north of Britain.
An air force spokesman said on Facebook: 'The duration of this will be about ten hours.
“After the flight task, the crews will return to the home airfield. The event is held in strict conformity with the international rules for the use of air space without violating the borders of other states.”
Putin's armed forces have been carrying out manoeuvres north of Norway as NATO members carry out exercises in the Scandinavian country.
Russia's warships will test-fire some of Russia's latest hardware in international waters near the Norwegian cities of Kristiansund, Molde, and Alesund from November 1 until November 3, the country's military said.