The Kremlin planes were intercepted and flew back to Russia today (Picture: Getty Images)

Nato fighter jets have intercepted Russian aircraft near Finland’s border with Norway.

Intelligence identified the aircraft as a Mikoyan MiG-31 ‘Foxhound’ and a Sukhoi Su-24 ‘Fencer’ jet.

Nato scrambled F-35 fighter jets today to respond to the threat.

The Russian jets had been spotted near Finnmark, in Norway’s far north, but reportedly did not enter official Norwegian airspace.

The Royal Norwegian Air Force posted: ‘Two Russian aircraft north of Finnmark today. CRC Sørreisa reported the aircraft, and NATO ordered our F-35s on their wings.

‘The Russian aircraft flew to the Norwegian Sea before returning east.’

The aircraft flew over the Norwegian Sea and then returned to Russia.

Russia has issued an increasing number of threats to both Finland and Sweden in recent weeks, leading to increased tensions between the nations.

Both Finland and Sweden defied Kremlin warnings to announce their bids to join Nato on May 18.

Stine Barclay Gåsland, a spokeswoman for Norway’s Air Force, told local news outlet TV 2: ‘We are used to it happening, and there is nothing illegal in it.

‘We pay close attention to all activity in our local areas.’

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