Russia just pushed America closer to DEFCON 1, aka World War III, by sending their bombers near Japanese airspace. The provocative move comes as China and the United States position their military forces near North Korea.
Russia seems annoyed by recent world events that have undermined their military authority. Their support of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is now backfiring, as the United States rallies nations against them. Their moves toward Japan seem designed to show that they are still a relevant factor on the world stage.
The move may also be precipitated by the arrival this week of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on an official trip to meet with Russian officials. A planned meeting between Tillerson and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the visit was canceled after the bombing of Syria. A U.S. official the move was “clearly sent to send a message.”
For the first time in nearly three months, Russia flew nuclear-capable “Bear” bombers near Japan, Wednesday, the latest sign of increasing tensions in the region, two US officials tell Fox News.
The officials said three Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers took off from a base in eastern Russia flying in the Sea of Japan and remained in international airspace.
One U.S. official described the Russian bomber flight as “clearly meant to send a message.”
This latest provocation from Russia comes as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Moscow, Wednesday, the first visit by a cabinet member to Russia since President Trump assumed office.
Joining the three Russian long-range bombers was a IL-20 spy plane.
The Russian bombers took off Wednesday from an air base in Ukrainka in eastern Russia, home to one of Russia’s largest fleet of strategic bombers.
In late January, a pair of Russian bombers circumnavigated Japan for the first time in a year.
On July 4, 2015, Russian bombers flew 40 miles off the coast of California on the same day President Vladimir Putin called President Obama to wish him a happy Independence Day.
Meanwhile, China has moved thousands of troops to the border with North Korea. The move is likely not a move against the country itself. It is, however, a move to stop any refugees from fleeing North Korea into China should the United States.