Russian nuclear-capable bombers fly near Japan, US officials say

Jake Baker  ·  April 12, 2017  ·  Featured, International, Foreign Policy, Left Wing Ideology, Leftist Bullies

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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 US 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 th in 2015, Russian bombers flew 40 miles off the coast of California on the same day Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Obama to wish him a happy Independence Day.

Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and State Department producer for Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @LucasFoxNews

 

Article source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/12/russian-nuclear-capable-bombers-fly-near...

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