Russia announced last week that it is resuming regular bomber flights far beyond its borders, a practice that had stopped in 1992.
First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov today said that Russia is "flying by the same transparent, understandable rules as our American partners."
Ivanov also said Russia had resumed the bomber flights "so Russian pilots can acquire professional experience, and that there is nothing to worry about."
On August 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the suspension of bomber patrols had affected Russia's security, as other nations had continued such missions, an apparent reference to the United States.
SU-24 Flights Halted After Crash
Meanwhile today, Russia suspended all flights of its smaller SU-24 bombers after one crashed during a training flight in Siberia.
Air Force spokesman Aleksandr Drobyshevsky said both pilots ejected safely over the Far Eastern Khabarovsk region.
An Air Force commission has been formed to determine the cause of the crash.
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