Russian bombers have been spotted off the Alaska coastline for the second time in twenty-four hours.
CNN is reporting that two Russian TU-95 Bear bombers showed up several dozen nautical miles off the Alaskan coastline on Tuesday, only hours after a pair of the same type of planes showed up in the same area.
An unnamed U.S. defense official told CNN that “[a]n E-3 surveillance aircraft was scrambled in response to the second sighting of Russian bombers off the Alaskan coast.”
Illinois Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger offered up a grim assessment of the situation, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer:
‘This was a show of force by the Russians to show us that they are still here. It was an attempt to come up as close as they could to our international borders to see what our reaction would be.’
U.S. defense officials, on the other hand, characterized the situation as “not dissimilar from what we’ve seen in the past with respect to Russian long-range aviation.”
When Russian bomber jets approached the Alaskan coastline on Monday, in the first sighting, they were escorted out of the area by a pair of American F-22 bombers.
Just because Russia’s Vladimir Putin is believed to have helped Trump’s rise to power along, that doesn’t mean that the Russians are unwilling to confront the United States militarily at a moment’s notice.