Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers (Source: Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters).

The Russian Defence Ministry has reported that two of its Tu-160 (NATO reporting name: Blackjack) supersonic heavy strategic bombers conducted routine patrol flights above neutral waters in the Arctic Ocean, as well as the Barents and Norwegian Seas.

The ministry specified that the flights lasted 16 hours in total with mid-air refuelling and stressed that they were conducted in full compliance with international laws.

At the same time, the joint US-Canadian North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) reported sighting two Tu-160 Blackjack bombers on 31 January entering the Canadian Air Defence Identification Zone. Despite the fact that both jets remained in international airspace, NORAD’s commander, US General Terrence O’Shaughnessy, condemned the routine flight as flexing “long-range weapons systems” and an act of Russia’s “increasingly aggressive efforts”.

The Canadian Air Defence Identification Zone extends to certain regions of the Arctic Ocean that are frequently visited by Russian jets during drills and routine patrols along the country’s borders. The zone also covers the US’ borders in Alaska

The US Air Force has also been conducting regular flights along Russia’s western borders in the Baltics and along the south-western frontier near Crimea ever since relations between the two countries started to deteriorate in 2014 following a crisis in Ukraine. Washington has not stopped carrying out such activities even despite Russian protests.


Source: Sputnik

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Thanks, AMN. When the US and their NATO puppies start talking about aggression by non-NATO countries, it;s because they want to get aggressive themselves and want a cover.


Be a little adult and f*cking read from several sources.
They’re talking about “Russia’s “increasingly aggressive efforts”” because Russia had stopped doing such kind of flights the Soviets used as a show of force for more than 25 years after the end of the Cold War… Pffff…

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Always this us propaganda. RUSSIA BAAAD WEEE GOOOOOOOD MÄÄÄÄÄÄ. No but seriously it’s always like this Russian and US military always trying to show off who owns the biggest missile the difference is that most Americans see this as rightful action when it’s their flyb.