Russian Bombers Fly Near Alaska in Fourth Incident in Four Days

Russian bombers spotted off Alaska coast for 2nd time this week

Russian bombers spotted off Alaska coast for 2nd time this week

Over the Baltic, just off the coastlines of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, Russian military aircraft were intercepted 110 times by allied planes in 2016. US aircraft intercepted two of the three patrols.

Russian flyovers near foreign airspace have become a commonplace occurrence for US allies in parts of Eastern Europe since the start of conflict in Ukraine in 2014, when Russian-backed rebels laid claim to the Donbass region. Fox News reports the E-3 Sentry - known as AWACS - was sent out to make sure that the two Russian TU-95 bombers were the only ones flying near Alaska.

Russian Federation has also flown its jets off the coast of US allies like Japan, CNN noted. The Russian planes remained in worldwide air space the entire time.

On Monday, two F-22 Raptor fighters and an E-3 AWAC reconnaissance aircraft intercepted two TU-95 Russian bombers that had flown into the ADIZ 100 miles south of Kodiak Island.

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For the fourth time in as many days, Russian military planes have flown too close to the USA for comfort.

Last Monday was the first time in over two years that Russian military aircraft have flown this close to the USA mainland.

As of now, these aircraft are considered to pose no actual military threat, for the flights stayed within global airspace at all times, but - symbolically - did cross into the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) that the USA military maintains within a 200 nautical-mile range from the US coast. The Japanese have had to scramble fighter jets four times recently due to Russian planes in close proximity to Japanese air space. While military officials are saying this was no different than they have seen in the past, Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger tells the network that he believes "this was a show of force by the Russians to show us that they are still here".

But one U.S. defence expert says the missions are part of Russian President Vladimir Putin trying "to prove Russia is back in the game".

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