Ever since President Trump did airstrikes on Syria, Vladimir Putin has been livid and threatening war. But on Tuesday night, it appears as though the Russians took their threats to the next level after two U.S. officials confirmed that a pair of Russian nuclear-capable bombers were spotted flying near Alaska, coming startlingly close to our soil, a mere 100 miles from Kodiak Island. As this marks the first time since Putin has sent bombers this close to the U.S. since Trump took office, our president isn’t playing around. Now he’s launching some heavy arsenal right back in Russia’s face as a clear warning to back the hell off.
In a breaking report, FOX News is reporting that Trump has just deployed our Air Force, and sent two F-22 stealth fighter jets and an E-3 airborne early warning plane to intercept the Russian aircrafts. Further details from the Truth Monitor report that “two Russian Tu-95 “Bear” bombers flew around 280 miles southwest of Elmendorf Air Force Base, which is within the Air Defense Identification Zone of the U.S.”
Our Air Force jets flew right alongside the Russian bombers for 12 minutes until the Russians decided to back off, reversing their course where they headed back to their base in eastern Russia.
This incredible story comes just one week after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson admitted that our relations with Russia are at a “low point” while sitting next to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Russia has been flexing their muscles all week, as they flew three other Russian bombers near the coast of Japan which forced the Japanese military to scramble 14 fighter jets at various times in order to intercept the bombers.
While some might try to pass this off as just normal activity, it should be noted that Russian bombers haven’t flown near the United States’ soil since July 4, 2015, when two Russia bombers came within 40 miles of Mendocino, California. Putin later called then contacted Obama to wish him a happy Independence Day.
More from Fox News:
A pair of Russian nuclear-capable bombers flew near Alaska Monday night, two U.S. officials told Fox News, coming as close as 100 miles from Kodiak Island — the first time since President Trump took office that Moscow has sent bombers so close to the U.S.
The two Russian Tu-95 “Bear” bombers flew roughly 280 miles southwest of Elmendorf Air Force Base, within the Air Defense Identification Zone of the United States.
The U.S. Air Force scrambled two F-22 stealth fighter jets and an E-3 airborne early warning plane to intercept the Russian bombers.
The American jets flew alongside the Russian bombers for 12 minutes, before the Russian bombers reversed course and headed back to their base in eastern Russia.
Last week in Moscow, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said U.S.-Russian relations were at a “low point” while sitting next to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
While Tillerson was in Moscow, three Russian bombers flew near the east coast of Japan, forcing the Japanese military to scramble 14 fighter jets at various times to intercept the bombers. A Russian spy plane also flew along Japan’s west coast.
If things were not so tense between the United States and Russia, perhaps this wouldn’t be much cause for alarm. But being that our ties with the Russians have rapidly deteriorated since the air strike in Syria, this could be a very disturbing warning for what’s to come.
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