Here Are The ‘Complex’ Russian Air Incursions That NATO Is So Concerned About

Monday, November 3, 2014
By Paul Martin

Jeremy Bender
Nov. 3, 2014

Tensions between Russia and the West have been steadily growing over the past few months, as there has been a sharp uptick in Russian bombers and fighters flying missions over Europe. This increase in activity has taken place against the backdrop of a frozen conflict in Ukraine, which has already pitted Russia and the West against each other.

This rise in tensions, summarized succinctly in a recent brazenly anti-Western Putin speech, has led to Russian aerial incursions being viewed with increased hesitance.

“What is significant is that across history, most of these incursions have been very small groups of airplanes, sometimes singletons or at most two aircraft,” the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, said at a Pentagon briefing.

“What you saw this past week was a larger, more complex formation of aircraft carrying out a little deeper, and I would say a little bit more provocative, flight path.”

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