For years, Russian fighter jets and bombers have violated U.S. airspace and have buzzed U.S. aircraft and naval vessels in international waters.
The United States Air Force recently gave the Russians a taste of their own medicine when a U.S. B-52 strategic bomber flew over neutral waters and drew the attention of a Russian Su-27 fighter jet.
“The crew of the Russian Su-27, in approaching the aerial object at a safe distance, identified it as a US B-52 strategic bomber and escorted it,” a spokesman for the Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet air defense patrol said.
Conservative Tribune reports:
Fox News reported that a Pentagon spokesperson said the B-52 was involved in a “routine mission” as part of a broader training exercise with other members of NATO in the international airspace above the Baltic Sea.
The nuclear-capable B-52 bomber had been deployed to an airbase in the U.K. earlier this month from its home in Louisiana at Barksdale Air Force Base in order to take part in the annual “Baltops” military training exercise.
“The fact that NATO forces are converging near Russia’s borders and carrying out military exercises supported by strategic bombers from the USA capable of carrying nuclear weapons hardly helps de-escalate tensions in Europe,” Foreign Ministry official Mikhail Ulyanov told Russian media outlet Sputnik, Reuters reported.
Russian Air Force commander Pyotr Deinekin said his country was furious at the Americans and their decision to fly so close to their nation.
“Such behavior does not deserve respect,” stated Deinekin. “Strategic bombers should not fly so close to our land borders.”
Maybe the Russians should learn to follow their own advice. You cannot criticize an American aircraft for doing the same things you have been doing for years.
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