There was some tension in Alaska late Wednesday night after two Russian Bear bombers flew a little too close to United States Territory.
This is the second time something like this happened, as last month, for four days straight, Russian bombers flew near Alaska.
They entered Alaska’s Air Defense Zone, which prompted the need for an escort from United States Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets. They were flying 50 miles southwest of Chariot, Alaska.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is describing relations between the United States and Russia being at a “low point.”
President Trump said in April, that the relationship between the United States and Russia are “at an all-time low,” but recently had a phone conversation with Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia.
The conversation with about the Middle East and North Korea, and did not mention this situation. Overall, President Trump said that the conversation was a “very good one.”
Two Russian Bear bombers — escorted for the first time by a pair of Su-35 “Flanker” fighter jets — entered Alaska’s Air Defense Zone on Wednesday night, U.S. officials told Fox News.
The Russian formation was intercepted by a pair of U.S. Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets that were already flying a patrol about 50 miles southwest of Chariot, Alaska. A NORAD spokesperson told Fox News the intercept began at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday and a defense source said it also occurred into Thursday.
It was the first time the U.S. Air Force has seen advanced Russian Su-35 fighter jets escort Russian Cold War-era bombers near Alaska. The Russian fighter jets were unarmed and remained in international airspace, officials said. Late last month, Russian bombers flew near Alaska over four consecutive days for the first time since 2014.
This week’s latest episode comes one day after President Trump spoke over the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The White House said the conversation focused on crises in the Middle East and North Korea, with no mention of recent Russian provocations.
The conversation was described in a readout as “a very good one.” Trump in April said U.S. relations with Russia were at an “all-time low,” and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also described the relationship between the countries as being at a “low point.” National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was not as pessimistic, however, telling “Fox News Sunday” that “I don’t think they have gotten either better or worse.”