Two far-reaching Russian bomber jets entered the Icelandic air observation zone on Wednesday where they remained for three hours. They did, however, not enter Icelandic air space. This has happened before, e.g. in September last year.
According to Fréttabladid, the bombers were followed on radar but nothing else was undertaken.
During a meeting between the leaders of NATO countries and Russia in Romania earlier this month, Iceland’s Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde expressed his dissatisfaction with Russian military jets regularly entering the Icelandic air observation zone without permission.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attended that meeting.
When Haarde met with UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown yesterday, he told Brown that Russian bombers had flown near Iceland again.