Despite the Democrat/liberal media conspiracy theory that then-candidate Donald J. Trump conspired with the Russian government to help defeat Hillary Clinton in November, relations between the United States and Russia continue to worsen.
Two weeks ago, the United States fired 50 cruise missiles into Syria, a close ally of Russia, after the country’s dictator allegedly used chemical weapons. Following the U.S. strike, the situation between Russia and the United States has not improved.
Now, according to reports, for the second day in a row, Russia flew two long-range bombers off the coast of Alaska “coming within 36 miles of the mainland while flying north of the Aleutian Islands.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 19, 2017
From Fox News:
The two nuclear-capable Tu-95H bombers were spotted by U.S. military radar at 5 p.m. local time. Unlike a similar incident Monday night, this time the U.S. Air Force did not scramble any fighter jets.
Instead, it launched a single E-3 Sentry early warning aircraft, known as AWACS, to make sure there were only the two Russian bombers flying near Alaska, and not other aircraft flying underneath the large bombers.
U.S. territorial waters extend 12 nautical miles from shore. Two Russian bombers flew within 100 miles of Alaska on Monday night. The Russian bombers took off from an airbase in Petropavlovsk, Russia and returned five hours later to an airbase in Anadyr. Both locations are in eastern Russia, some 1,000 miles away.
Given the increasingly hostile relationship between Russia and the United States, the Russian provocations, while not surprising or outright hostile, only serve to increase the anxiety between our two nations.
The two Russian bombers flying near Alaska comes on the heels of a Russian spy ship spotted off the coast of Connecticut, and while it was not in U.S. waters, its proximity to American soil certainly raised some eyebrows. These two incidents certainly appear to be more than a coincidence, and instead yet another example of Russia trying to provoke our military and our president.
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