Russia Warns of Hostile Actions as US Flies Nuclear Bombers Near NE Coast

EUCOM says flights show US planes can fly anywhere

Last week, the US flew B-52 nuclear-capable bombers over all NATO member states as a show of support. This led to major concerns, however, when one of the bombers entered the Black Sea and approached Russian airspace.

Far on the other side of Russia, in the East Siberian Sea, the US Air Force flew three B-1 nuclear-capable heavy bombers near the Russian coast on Friday. The Air Force says this is meant to demonstrate America’s capability to go anywhere with bombers at a moment’s notice.

Russian officials were critical of this move, calling it “hostile and provocative.” That certainly seems to have been the point, as the US is no longer testing Russian air defenses with spy planes, but strategic bombers coming out of US airbases.

US European Command (EUCOM) officials are emphasizing this as a demonstration of US capabilities. When it is the capability to come dangerously near the Russian mainland with nuclear weapons, however, they may be playing with fire, and risk more aggressive interceptions by Russian air defenses.

Author: Jason Ditz

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