Fri, Sep 21, 2007
Russia Is Feeling Its Oats
We sense we've written this story before. Three
times in just over a month, in fact...
The Associated Press and military sources report two more
nuclear-capable Russian Tupolev Tu-95 long-range bombers were
intercepted, after entering NATO airspace near the UK and Finland
last Friday... the latest in a series of "Bear" sightings around
In the latest incident -- like the others, suspected to be a
not-so-subtle show-of-force by the newly resurgent Russian air
force -- Norwegian and British fighters escorted the "Bears" until
they changed course. Britain's defense ministry declined to
identify exactly where the incursion took place.
Finnish military officials say they anticipate occasional
breaches, since international airspace is very tightly defined
along the southern Finnish coast.
Though Bear sightings have become more pronounced over North
American airspace in recent weeks, they've been a fact of life
overseas for some time. In 2006, Russia apologized for about a
dozen previous violations of Finnish airspace during the previous
The AP reports similar complaints against the Russian
flights have come from Estonia and other Baltic states. In October
2005, a Russian fighter jet crashed in Lithuania.
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