A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: “Typhoon fighters from RAF Lossiemouth were scrambled today as a precautionary measure against a potential incursion into UK area of interest by one or more unidentified aircraft.
“At no time was there a threat to UK airspace and the Typhoons subsequently recovered.”
Britain routinely monitors Russian warplanes near UK airspace and Royal Air Force (RAF) fighters intercepted jets flying over the North Sea last month.
However, tensions between the UK and Russia have intensified since the Salisbury poisoning in the summer.
Britain’s Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, spoke about “an ever more assertive Russia” in a speech in London in July.
He said the RAF has had to scramble jets more than 80 times over the last decade to intercept Russian military aircraft.
Speaking the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in May, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said the Royal Navy was facing similar challenges
He explained:”Look at Russia’s resurgence under President Putin, its submarine activity has increased ten-fold in the North Atlantic.
“But that’s not all. In 2010, the Royal Navy had to respond once to a Russian Navy ship approaching UK territorial waters.
“Last year we had to respond 33 times.
“It goes to show the increasing aggression, the increasing assertiveness of Russia, and how we have to ensure we give the right support to our Royal Navy in order to give them the tools to do the job and keep Britain safe.”
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