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17 August 2007

Russia, China And Several Asian States Hold Joint Military Exercises ...

Thus sayeth Russia's President Putin.
"We have decided to restore flights by Russian strategic aviation on a permanent basis," Mr Putin told reporters at joint military exercises with China and four Central Asian states in Russia's Ural mountains.

The BBC reports today:
Russia restarts Cold War patrols

Russia is currently rebuilding its armed forces

Russia is resuming a Soviet-era practice of sending its bomber aircraft on long-range flights, President Vladimir Putin has said.

Mr Putin said the move to resume the flights permanently after a 15-year suspension was in response to security threats posed by other military powers.

He said 14 bombers had taken off from Russian airfields early on Friday.

The move came a week after Russian bombers flew within a few hundred miles of the US Pacific island of Guam.

A few days ago Moscow said its strategic bombers had begun exercises over the North Pole.
"Flights by other countries' strategic aircraft continue and this creates certain problems for ensuring the security of the Russian Federation," he [Putin] said.
Remember this?
In last week's incident near Guam, the Russian pilots "exchanged smiles" with US fighter pilots who scrambled to track them, a Russian general said.

The US military confirmed the presence of the Russian bombers near Guam, home to a large US base.
And remember this?
Last month two Tupolev 95 aircraft - dubbed "bears" according to their Nato code-name - strayed south from their normal patrol pattern off the Norwegian coast and headed towards Scotland. Two RAF Tornado fighters were sent up to meet them.
And now we learn this.
Russian bombers have also recently flown close to US airspace over the Arctic Ocean near Alaska.
Seems it isn't only submarines Russia's sending sniffing round the Polar Region, eh?

Read the rest of this Ruski related report right here.

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Blogger Dubhaltach said...

Norwegian jet fighters monitor Increased Russian activity or how about this? Russia air defence boost to Damascus. They're worried that the US is trying to encircle them and are pushing back.

9:12 am  
Blogger Phyl said...

You know, Richard, having Russia nosing around the north has got me worried about Canada too (and our PM has already named two locations where he's going to establish military bases, to assert our sovereignty in the area).

I'm actually glad Canada is finallyk getting off its duff and reminding people that most of that area, south of the North Pole, is ours, thankyewverymuch.

But what worries me is that if Russia really gets active up there, and the U.S. decides we're not doing enough, they'll just march in and take over our arctic in the name of "protecting American interests."

(Which, of course, would not only mean protecting in case Russia makes an incursion toward the continental U.S. from the north, and through Canada. It also means protecting THEIR oil, which happens to reside in our province of Alberta.)

8:43 pm  

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