The U.S. scrambled jet fighters to intercept two Russian bombers that flew near the Alaskan coast on Monday night, several American officials said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called then-President Barack Obama to wish him a happy Independence Day while the bombers cruised the California coastline.
Ross described the intercept as 'safe and professional'.
An Air Defense Identification Zone is airspace that is monitored in the interest of national security where aircraft are required to identify themselves.
The TU-95 bombers came within the Air Defense Identification Zone of the US, as they were only 280 miles away from the Elmendorf Air Force Base, according to Fox News.
In the midst of the worsening tensions between the USA and Russia, a senior-level United States official reported this evening (Tuesday) that two Russian planes flew near Alaska.
This interception marks the first time Russian Federation has sent bombers this close to the US since President Donald Trump took office.
The network claimed the American jets escorted the Russian bombers for 12 minutes, and that an E-3 airborne early warning plane was also used to detect the jets.