US general: Russian long-range bombers are ‘messaging’ the US with provocative flights

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
By Paul Martin

APR. 8, 2015

Russia is using its long-range bomber fleet to “message” the US about Moscow’s international military capabilities, the US general in charge of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said.

Defense News reports Adm. Bill Gortney told reporters on April 7 that Russian long-range bombers are increasingly flying close to the US in order to send a message to the US and make Russian presence felt.

The number of Russian bomber run incidents has steadily increased since a flare up in Russian-US tensions after Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014.

“They are messaging us. They are messaging us that they are a global power,” Gortney said, while noting that the US does “the same sort of thing” to Russia in Europe.

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