This image of one of the Russian bombers was tweeted by the Ministry of Defence today
* RAF Typhoons scrambled to meet Russian planes off Shetland islands
* Four nations were involved in the intercept - France, UK, Norway and Spain
* The Russian bombers are capable of carrying up to 16 nuclear missiles
* Spanish media have said it is the furthest south they have seen bombers
Two Russian Blackjack bombers were intercepted flying back and forth to Northern Spain from the direction of Norway, it has emerged.
Four nations - Norway, the UK, France and Spain - all deployed their own jets as the TU-160 planes skirted the airspace of each country, flying around the UK.
Spanish media have said it is the furthest south an operation like this has had to take place.
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