Russian Bombers Intercepted Over the U.S. Today
Here we go again.
This could be the beginning of another Cold War.
MOSCOW - NATO forces sent jets to escort two Russian long-range air force bombers patrolling neutral skies near Alaska on Wednesday, Russian news agencies quoted the defense ministry as saying.
It was often billed as the war between democracy and communism - and the threat of nuclear war hung around the world like a bad smelling cloud.
Russia's military has resumed its Cold War practice of flying regular patrols far beyond its borders, and in the last year has also sent turbo-prop Tu-95s over U.S. naval aircraft carriers and the Pacific island of Guam.
Accompanied by two Il-78 refueling tankers, the two Tu-95 Bear bombers flew for 15 hours over the Arctic and Pacific oceans, Interfax news agency quoted Russian Air Force spokesman Alexander Drobyshevsky as saying.
Even though today (so we're told,) Russia claims that the Tu-95 has been refitted for surveillance and maritime patrols only, one has to wonder what it would take to revert the bombers back to their original purpose.
Is Russia giving us a warning, or only flexing it's muscles?
So what do we need to examine, to seriously think about this?
Let's start with the fact that Russia's economic boom is in it's eighth year, which has provided for the increase in military funding.
Naval exercises (on a large scale) have increased since they no longer experience any shortages of fuel and spare parts caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Submarines that had been part way constructed and mothballed due to lack of Naval finances after their economy collapsed, have now been finished - and part of the aforementioned naval exercises.
Analysts say the Kremlin is using its reviving military might to support a policy of projecting Russia's power again on the world stage.
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