Russian Planes Detected Off Alaska 4 Times This Week

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Just What Were Those Russian Tu-95 Strategic Bombers Doing Off Alaska's Coast

The most recent Russian flights on Wednesday and Thursday took place 700 nautical miles southwest of Anchorage, according to CNN.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., told CNN's Wolf Blitzer earlier this week that the Russians are "trying to show their teeth", by flying near the U.S. Clemons said the Russian aircraft were identified during a maritime patrol close to Alaska. The U.S. Air Force scrambled fighter jets in some of these instances.

The incident became the first time since December of 2014 when the Canadian jets had to track Russian military planes, the broadcaster added.

The Russian action comes less than a week after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Trump said U.S.

Russian Federation periodically flies into the US air defense identification zone that extends 200 miles off the coast.

The aircraft never actually left global airspace, but a NORAD spokesperson stated that, on Thursday, they dispatched US and Canadian jets "to perform an intercept".

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement obtained by CNN that the flights have been conducted with regard to worldwide regulation and have not violated USA airspace.

"All such missions are carried out in strict compliance with worldwide regulations and with respect to national borders". American territorial airspace begins 12 nautical miles from American shores. For its part, the United States has demonstrated similar behavior, flying its own military jets off the coasts of both Russian Federation and China. One defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to CNN, dismissed the military threat posed by the aircraft, but criticized the act as "strategic messaging".

The mid-air incidents comes just days after secretary of state Rex Tillerson said U.S. and Russian relations had reached a "low point".

He said: "No one wants to go to war with the Russians, but let me double down on another concept: The Russians really don't want to go to war with us".

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