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Too Close for Comfort? Kremlin Claims Russia Intercepted Two U.S. Supersonic Bombers Near Border

Russia Claims It Chased Away 2 U.S. Bombers to Protect Border
Source: U.S. Air Force

B1-B Lancers reportedly flew too close to Russian territory.

Mar. 27 2024, Published 11:02 a.m. ET

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Has the United States military ventured too close to Russian territory? The Kremlin seems to believe so, with details emerging about a tense encounter in the Arctic region.

As per the Russian Defense Ministry, two U.S. bombers were purportedly sighted over the Barents Sea recently, situated on the northwest periphery of Russia and Norway's border.

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Allegedly, a Russian MiG-31 Foxhound intercepted these bombers, redirecting them to prevent any violation of Russian airspace, as stated in an official release. The Foxhound approached the U.S. bombers, prompting them to alter their course before returning to base.

The Russian authorities emphasize that no breach of their territorial integrity occurred during the encounter.

Identified by the Kremlin as Air Force B-1B Lancers, the U.S. bombers are known for their supersonic capabilities and past nuclear payload capacity.

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The Sun suggests that NATO has been conducting extensive military exercises in the Barents Sea.

Under the banner of "Steadfast Defender ’24," involving all 32 member nations, these exercises serve as preparation against potential Russian aggression, featuring a significant deployment of resources: over 90 warplanes, 50 ships and approximately 90,000 military personnel.

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The first phase of the exercise concluded on March 17, in Poland, marking the largest NATO mobilization since the Cold War era, according to Turkey’s Defense Ministry as reported by MenaFN.

This demonstration of military readiness aims to underscore NATO's commitment to defending its members and collective security in the Euro-Atlantic region amidst ongoing tensions in Eastern Europe.

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While preparations intensify, Front Page Detectives reported that a British commander casted doubt on the immediacy of a Russian invasion.

Exercises such as surprise submarine hunts, like the one conducted by French naval forces off the Norwegian coast, are aimed at enhancing operational readiness, as noted by Captain Thomas Vuong of the French ship Normandie in an interview with the Associated Press.

The Barents Sea holds strategic significance for the Russians, who have historically conducted their own military exercises in the region.

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