WATCH: Russian nuclear bomber hijacking attempt ‘thwarted’

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(NEWSWEEK) — Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said that it thwarted an attempt by Ukrainian intelligence to recruit a Russian pilot to hijack a Tu-22M3 supersonic strategic bomber jet.

In a statement on Monday, the FSB said Ukraine’s special services promised the Russian pilot Italian citizenship and money as part of a deal that would see him “fly and land a missile carrier in Ukraine.”

Russia’s Tu-22M3 jet, which has the NATO code name Backfire, is described by its designer Tupolev as a long-range supersonic missile carrier bomber that uses aerial bombs and guided missiles to destroy sea- and ground-based targets.

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