On Tuesday Apr. 18, two Russian bomber planes were flying near the Alaskan coast just after two US F-22 fighter jets intercepted the same type of Russian aircraft.
According to CNN, “It is unclear if these were the same planes that were intercepted by the F-22s on Monday, but defense officials told CNN that it was a separate violation.”
According to the New York Times, “After the American jets flew alongside the Russian bombers for several minutes, the Russian planes broke off and headed back to their base in eastern Russia, Lieutenant Hill said.” The interception was first reported by Fox News.
This was the second consecutive day that Russia sent their spies since Trump took office. Pentagon officials said they believed the Russians were testing the U.S. Air Force’s response to their bomber flights, reported FOX News.
U.S. military officials downplayed Monday’s midair interaction as “nothing out of the ordinary” and “not dissimilar from what we’ve seen in the past with respect to Russian long-range aviation”, reported CNN News.
Lieutenant Hill told the New York Times, “Since 2007, the United States has intercepted Russian warplanes that flew into the air defense zone about 60 times, all without incident.”
According to Fox News, The Russian action comes less than a week after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Trump said U.S.-Russian relations had reached a “low point.”
Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger told CNN “that the Russians were ‘trying to show their teeth’ by flying so close to the US coastline amid tensions between the two nations.”
“The interception is another sign of the recent steep decline in relations between Moscow and Washington, after President Trump signaled he sought to improve relations between the two rivals” reported the New York Times.
If Russian planes are coming this close to the United States borders, President Trump and other White House members should have a plan or speak to President Putin.