Military encounters between Russia and the West have increased dramatically in recent months, according to a report released in early November. The report released by European Leadership Network (eln) documents 40 of Russia’s instigated incidents over the last eight months, and says military tension between nato and Russia has not been higher since the Cold War ended.
“These events add up to a highly disturbing picture of violations of national airspace, emergency scrambles, narrowly avoided midair collisions, close encounters at sea, simulated attack runs and other dangerous actions happening on a regular basis over a very wide geographical area,” the report’s executive summary states.
The world has been fixated on the Ukrainian crisis, but this report shows that Russian aggression extends far beyond the borders of Ukraine.
So far this year, nato nations have conducted more than 100 intercepts of Russian aircraft—three times more than 2013. Most of these intercepts have occurred in the Baltic Sea region, but some have been oceans away from Russia.
In September, for example, Russian bombers practiced cruise missile strikes on the U.S. from the Labrador Sea near Canada. While the aircraft didn’t enter Canadian airspace, the report said it “was still a provocative move in light of the nato summit ongoing at the time.” Cruise missiles launched from that location would have New York, Washington and Chicago within their range.
While some say President Putin leaving the G-20 summit was a sign of weakness, recent events prove the opposite. President Putin is displaying his military power to the world. Read editor in chief Gerald’s Flurry’s article “Vladimir Putin Is the Prophesied Prince of Russia” to understand where Putin’s aggression is leading.
Full article: Military Encounters Between Russia and the West on the Rise (The Trumpet)