The Provocations of Putin: Russian Nuclear Bombers Buzz Alaska, Northern EuropePosted: September 19, 2014
Weakness Invites Aggression. Putin’s Only Responding to Passive U.S. Leadership, Happily Accepting the Invitation
Update 5:50 P.M.: This story has been updated to include developing information about the Russian incursion off the coast of Alaska
Bill Gertz reports: Russian strategic nuclear bombers carried out air defense zone incursions near Alaska and across Northern Europe this week in the latest nuclear saber rattling by Moscow.
“They are having a very aggressive nuclear readiness exercise now as a show of force. Whereas the U.S. has been on a path of nuclear zero which they think is ridiculous.”
Six Russian aircraft, including two Bear H nuclear bombers, two MiG-31 fighter jets and two IL-78 refueling tankers were intercepted by F-22 fighters on Wednesday west and north of Alaska in air defense identification zones, said Navy Capt. Jeff A. Davis, a spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. Two other Bears were intercepted by Canadian jets on Thursday.
Russia, under Putin, is engaged in a large-scale nuclear buildup that includes new missiles, submarines, and a new bomber.
The Russian bombers did not enter U.S. airspace but flew within 63 miles of the Alaskan coast and 46 miles of the Canadian coastline, Davis said. In both instances, the Russian bombers did not enter sovereign airspace, he added, noting the Russian aircraft flew within about 55 nautical miles of the Alaskan coastline, and within about 40 nautical miles of the Canadian coastline.
One defense official said the Russian bomber activity appeared timed to the visit to the United States and Canada by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The Ukrainian leader was in Ottawa for meetings with Canadian leaders on Wednesday. He met with President Obama on Thursday. Ukraine is locked in a battle with Moscow over the Russian military annexation of Crimea and continuing backing of pro-Russian Ukrainian militias in eastern Ukraine.
Over Europe on Tuesday, two Bear H bombers conducted practice strategic bombing runs on Tuesday and were met by interceptor jets from Norway, Denmark, Britain, and Netherlands, defense officials told the Free Beacon…(read more)
- Two Russian attack planes intentionally violated the Swedish airspace to probe local air defense (theaviationist.com)
- Russian bombers penetrated U.S. airspace at least 16 times in past 10 days (washingtontimes.com)
- DEVELOPING — Russian bombers have penetrated U.S. airspace at least 16 times in past 10 days (redflagnews.com)
- Typhoon jets scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth for the first time (express.co.uk)
- Recent Russian Bomber Incursions Designed To Provoke, Says Expert (forbes.com)
- Russian nuclear-capable bombers ‘tested’ US air defences 16 times in last 10 days (EndtheLie.com)
- RAF Typhoons scramble to long-range Russian bombers (telegraph.co.uk)
- Russian “Bear” strategic bombers intercepted by Typhoon jet from base in Scotland for the first time (theaviationist.com)