Saturday, April 22, 2017
Are The Russians Poking At The Trump Tiger?
Russian Military Planes Crowd the U.S. for a Fourth Day
U.S., Canadian fighters intercept long-range bombers
A Norad spokesman said Russian Tu-95 bombers were in international airspace near the coasts of
Alaska and Canada. PHOTO: LYSTSEVA MARINA/ZUMA PRESS
WASHINGTON—Russia flew long-range combat aircraft near American airspace
for the fourth consecutive day, the Pentagon said Friday, marking the first such string
of incursions since 2014, but prompting little concern from the White House.
American and Canadian jet fighters intercepted a pair of Russian “Bear” long-range
bombers in international airspace near Alaska on Thursday, said John Cornelio, a
spokesman for North American Aerospace Defense Command, or Norad. The
interception was the latest incident between American and Russian aircraft, coming
amid tension between the two powers over Syria and other issues.
At a press briefing Friday, White House Spokesman Sean Spicer said the administration
is aware of the situation but said it isn’t unusual.
“As long as those are conducted in accordance with international protocols and rules,
then that’s obviously -- but we monitor everything,” Mr. Spicer said. “Any further
comment on that I would refer to the Department of Defense.”
U.S. military officials declined to speculate about Russia’s motives for the flights,