Toronto: Fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a Russian bomber in the Arctic as it approached Canadian airspace on the eve of President Barack Obama`s visit to Ottawa last week, Canada`s defence minister said on Friday. Peter MacKay said the bomber never entered Canadian airspace. But he said two Canadian CF-18 jets met the bomber in international airspace and sent a `strong signal that they should back off. They met a Russian aircraft that was approaching Canadian airspace, and as they have done in previous occasions they sent very clear signals that are understood, that the aircraft was to turnaround, turn tail, and head back to their airspace, which it did,` MacKay said.
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Image: US President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper walk down the Hall of Honor towards a joint news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada on February 19, 2009.