UK scrambles jets as Russian ships enter English ChannelBREAKING NEWS– British fighter jets were scrambled on Wednesday in response to the sighting of two Russian military aircraft near UK airspace, hours after three Russian ships were monitored as they entered the English Channel. “Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon fighter aircraft were launched today after Russian aircraft were identified flying close to UK airspace,” said a Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesman. The planes were launched from the Lossiemouth military airbase in northern Scotland. Britain’s Royal Navy earlier kept track of three Russian ships, including a destroyer, after they entered the English Channel, according to the defence ministry. It is the latest in a string of similar incidents and comes at a time of tense relations between London and Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine and the inquiry into the death of Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko. “MoD can confirm 3 Russian ships being monitored by @RoyalNavy HMS Argyll through Channel. No exercises seen,” the ministry said on its Twitter feed. “Russian Udaloy class destroyer Severomorsk returning from Mediterranean with tanker and support ship. Due to leave Channel later.” Russia’s defence ministry said the ships were en route to the North Atlantic, where they would be taking part in exercises “on anti-air and anti-submarine defence”. The Channel is used frequently and legitimately as a route by Russian warships but NATO countries are on alert over fears that Moscow could attempt to destabilise countries on Europe’s eastern flank that were in its orbit during Soviet times. MORE