RUSSIANS FLYING MOCK ATTACK PATTERNS
OVER NATO FLOTILLA AND BOMBER PATROLS
JUST OUTSIDE UKRAINE AIR SPACE.
|RUSSIAN Tu-95 BEAR BOMBER, Photo RAF|
According to foreign news sources the Russians have been making mock "attack runs" on the NATO Flotilla which entered the Black Sea on Wednesday. The IRISH EXAMINER has reported that Russian Tu-95 "Bear" bombers have been flying patterns just 40 Km off of the Ukraine Coast. The Russian bombers reportedly show little regard for major civilian flight corridors, including those used by flights originating in North America. Russian media reports Su-30 and Su-24 attack fighters from the Russian Black Sea Fleet recently transferred to the Crimea peninsula practiced "Penetrating anti air systems against warships from the U.S. and Turkey". Russia has a coast line on the Black Sea and is not treaty limited as most NATO nations other than Turkey are in the number of ships or duration of stay in the area. The Bear seems determined to assert its dominance in the region. It is becoming more difficult for NATO to assure member states such as Turkey and cooperative states such as Ukraine and Georgia that NATO forces are able to assist in the event of Russian aggression. Just maintaining a significant naval presence is difficult based solely on treaty requirements . Russia being the most powerful state on the rim of the Black Sea is determined to turn it into a Russian pond.