Russia 4th of July message to the United States(3)
2015-07-28 22:15 Editor：admin
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6 And in June, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the addition of 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles to Russias nuclear arsenal. The July 4 aerial encounter this year, between Russian Tu-9
And in June, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the addition of 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles to Russia’s nuclear arsenal.
The July 4 aerial encounter this year, between Russian Tu-95 “Bear” bombers and American F-15s, came on the same day that Russian President Vladimir Putin sent best wishes to President Barack Obama for the July Fourth holiday.
The Russian pilots used an emergency aircraft communication channel to send the message, a NORAD spokesman told CNN on Wednesday, providing new details about an event first reported earlier this month.
He declined to describe the move as a threat but said the incident was “potentially destabilizing,” because the Russian approach was unannounced and the bombers in question are nuclear-capable.
American fighters also intercepted two other Russian Tu-95 bombers on July Fourth, off the southern coast of Alaska, according to the U.S. military.
In neither case did the Russian planes enter U.S. airspace, which extends 12 nautical miles from American coastlines, officials said. The U.S. fighters tracked them until they turned around.
(Photo: Royal Air Force intercepts Russian Bomber in similar situation of the coast of Britain)
The bombers off California flew roughly 40 miles from the state’s central coast, the NORAD spokesman said.
That encounter was more unusual as Russian planes don’t often venture that far south, a U.S. military official told CNN a few days afterward. Russia conducted a similar flight off the West Coast on July Fourth in 2012.
While the intercepts were routine from a military point of view, the U.S. official said, the Pentagon sees them as Putin “sending a message” to the United States on Independence Day.