U.S. Scrambles Jets After Russian Bombers Fly Near Alaska
Nuclear-capable bombers come closer to U.S. than any other time during Trump presidency
April 18, 2017
Two nuclear-capable Russian bombers were detected near Alaska Monday evening, reaching as close as 100 miles from Kodiak Island.
The U.S. Air force scrambled two F-22 stealth fighter jets and an E-3 early warning plane to intercept the Russian aircraft.
Reportedly, the Tu-95 bombers headed back towards Russia after American jets flew alongside them for 12 minutes.
A similar incident occurred on July 4, 2015 when two Russian bombers came as close as 40 miles from California.
Right now, were not getting along with Russia at all, we may be at an all-time low, Trump said.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has similarly described relations as at a “low point,” signaled attempts to restore trust between the two countries during a recent trip to Moscow.
“We need to attempt to put an end to this steady degradation, which is doing nothing to restore the trust between our two countries or to make progress on the issues of the greatest importance to both of us,” Tillerson said.
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