Russia 4th of July message to the United States(2)
2015-07-28 22:15 Editor：admin
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3 Two of the Russian bombers peeled off and headed west, while the other two flew south and were identified by U.S. F-15 fighters within 50 miles of the California coast. Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman
Two of the Russian bombers peeled off and headed west, while the other two flew south and were identified by U.S. F-15 fighters within 50 miles of the California coast.
Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, said at the time that it was the first time American jets had intercepted Russian military aircraft off California since 2012 — an encounter that also took place on July Fourth.
Davis said the Russian planes were entirely within their rights, and it was a professional encounter on both sides. He said in 2014 that Russian flights into the air defense zone are intercepted about 10 times a year.
Close encounters between Western countries and military vessels from other countries are not limited to the U.S. Nor are they limited to the air.
In November 2014, a foreign submarine — unlike the Russian planes off the U.S. coast — actually trespassed in Swedish territory, officials there said. But they couldn’t say what country the vessel belonged to.
The Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reported that the military became suspicious after Swedish intelligence picked up an emergency radio call in Russian. But Russia denied that it had any vessel in Swedish waters.
In general, Russian military activity has increased since March 2014, when Western countries objected to its annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea as well as to Russia’s alleged support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.
In May, for example, Russia annoyed Western officials by deploying 12,000 troops and numerous aircraft and weapons in a surprise military exercise in the country’s northwest — a show of strength that appeared to be a response to a long-planned — and long-announced — European military exercise led by Norway.