Answer: Nuclear saber-rattling
Russian nuclear-capable Bear bombers flew inside America’s defense zone near northern Alaska on April 28 and 29, marking the fifth incident of Russian bombers flying against the United States in less than a year.
In June, two Bears were intercepted near Alaska during a Russian military drill involving practice strikes against U.S. missile defense facilities. On the significant date of July 4, two more Bears flew closer to the California coast than any Russian aircraft have since the era of the Soviet Union. Then in February, two Bears circled Guam, a U.S. military hub, and in April Russia flew simulated strikes against U.S. missile forces in Japan.
Analysts say the ramped-up belligerence is part of Moscow’s efforts to sway Washington’s missile defense plans. Continue reading