On Tuesday, Russia Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said US bombers simulated a nuclear strike on Russia this month, and some planes came within 12.4 miles of the countries border during the exercise. Shoigu noted an uptick in US bomber activity in the region during talks with his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe.
“We are witnessing a considerable increase in the US strategic bombers’ activity near the Russian borders. Over the past month, they conducted about 30 flights to the borders of the Russian Federation, or 2.5 times more compared to the same period of last year,” Shoigu said, according to Russia’s Tass news agency.
The US rehearsed the nuclear strike on Russia during an annual Strategic Command exercise known as Global Thunder. “This month, in the course of the US Strategic Command’s Global Thunder exercise, 10 strategic bombers practiced employing nuclear weapons against Russia actually simultaneously from the western and eastern directions,” Shoigu said. “The minimal distance from our state border was 20 km (12.4 miles).”
The bomber exercises were carried out as the US is accusing Russia of planning an invasion of Ukraine, citing an alleged troop build-up in the region. Moscow has denied these accusations and pointed out that the US is making a big deal about Russian troop movements inside Russia while sending its military into the region.
“The ones who are accusing us of some kind of unusual military activity on our own territory are themselves sending their armed forces from across the ocean,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Sunday.