Russian Bombers Fly Near Alaska in Fourth Incident in Four Days

Russian bombers spotted off Alaska coast for 2nd time this week

Two TU-95 "Bear" long-range bombers flew within the U.S. Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) about 700 nautical miles southwest of Anchorage, though they remained in global airspace, CNN reported.

The Russian bombers did not enter American sovereign or Canadian airspace, Clemons said.

CNN reported that US officials called Monday's interception "nothing out of the ordinary".

The official said that the two Russian TU-95 Bear bombers flew a path along the Aleutian Islands directed northeast toward the mainland on Tuesday evening.

An E-3 surveillance aircraft was scrambled in response to the second sighting of Russian bombers off the Alaskan coast in 24 hours, a United States defense official told CNN.

The first incident happened Monday night, when two nuclear-capabe Tu-95 Bear bombers were intercepted by American F-22 fighter jets about 100 miles off the coast of Kodiak Island. On Wednesday, a Russian IL-38 maritime patrol and anti-submarine plane was spotted in the same area, and was followed by American planes.

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An unnamed defense official told CNN that the flights pose no military threat, but there's "no other way to interpret this other than as strategic messaging". This is the second time in two days Russian bombers flew this close to the US.

The Russians don't always include flights down the West coast as part of the exercise, but this time they did.

"This move by Washington has dealt a serious blow to Russian-U.S. relations, which are already in a poor state", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said following the Syrian attack.

More than 450 Canadian troops are also preparing to head to Latvia in the next few weeks, where they will lead a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation force meant to check Russian aggression in eastern Europe.

It's time for President TrumPutin to get on his burner cellphone and call America's new play cousin Russia to find out why Russian planes keep riding up and down the coast of Alaska near US airspace.

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