A former US air force general says it is very unlikely that Russian bombers carry any nuclear weapons close to US shores, although it is impossible for outsiders to tell if any nuclear bombs are aboard.
Such “protection of Russian [or Putin’s?] interests” concern U.S. military officials.
Two similar bombers also approached U.S. airspace off the southern coast of Alaska.
A pair of Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers flew into U.S. airspace during a July Fourth aerial event, the same day Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a congratulatory holiday note to President Obama.
“Risking the loss of a long-range bomber like a Tu-95 with a nuclear weapon on board is a pretty big risk”, said Deptula.
It was the first time since 2012 that the U.S. has intercepted Russian planes off the California coast, said Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for NORAD.
“That’s two to three times the number of incidents that happened in 2013”, he said.
Davis said the Russian planes were entirely within their rights, and it was a professional encounter on both sides.
“He’s showing they still have a way to project power when and where they want to”, he said.
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.
Vladimir Putin’s Russian Federation proves time and again it is not America’s ally.
Kinzinger agreed with recent comments by Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, Obama’s pick to be the next Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, that Russian Federation is the largest existential threat facing the U.S.
It all started around the ’40s when Russian Tu-4, flying to Greenland and Alaska, were greeting U.S. B-29 and B-50 at the coasts.
Two Russian strategic bombers Tu-95 flew within tens kilometers of the California coast on the US Independence Day.
The latest Russian flight took placeJuly 4 off the central Californian coast.
Neller and Milley are not alone in their views on Russian Federation among top U.S. military officials.
In his official message to Obama, Putin expressed confidence that Moscow and Washington could “find solutions” to worldwide issues.
However, unofficial radio exchange and congratulations between Russian and U.S. military aircrafts’ crew members have been a some sort of tradition even during the years of the Cold War.