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    Russian Bombers Cross into US Air Defense Zone

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    Russian Tu-99 bombers fly in formation during rehearsals for the Victory Day military parade, with a tower of the Kremlin in the foreground, in Moscow, May 3, 2014.Russian Tu-99 bombers fly in formation during rehearsals for the Victory Day military parade, with a tower of the Kremlin in the foreground, in Moscow, May 3, 2014.
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    Russian Tu-99 bombers fly in formation during rehearsals for the Victory Day military parade, with a tower of the Kremlin in the foreground, in Moscow, May 3, 2014.
    Russian Tu-99 bombers fly in formation during rehearsals for the Victory Day military parade, with a tower of the Kremlin in the foreground, in Moscow, May 3, 2014.
    Russian long-range bombers crossed into the U.S. air defense identification zone earlier this week, but exited before entering U.S. air space.

    Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said one Russian refueling tanker and four bombers were visually identified by U.S. fighter planes Monday near Alaska.

    Two bombers exited the identification zone, while the other two bombers headed south near the northern California coast.

    The air defense identification zone extends beyond the United States' airspace to give the country more time to respond to foreign aircraft. Warren says the military has seen about 50 of these crossings during the past five years.

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    by: Anonymous
    June 13, 2014 2:57 AM
    If this is the game that Putin wants to play, play it with him.
    Fly US aircraft along his boarders and around Ukraine, lets see his reaction. Putin shouldn't even be managing Russia let alone sticking his nose up other countries businesses.
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    by: jonathan huang from: canada
    June 13, 2014 1:27 PM
    good point, just replace russia with america and replace putin with obama.
    its time to end the american hegemony.

    by: Not Again from: Canada
    June 12, 2014 9:59 PM
    We appear to be heading back to the bad old days. I guess next will start detecting Russian "boomers" of both coasts, and then the re-emerging Russian surface fleet. A short step to the next global arms race; having abandoned the missile defence system and the ability to replace satellite systems with Western launch technology, the situation has opened a window of significant vulnerability and a real potential capability deficit.
    Not a good situation, because it is the type of negative perception that may embolden authoritarian states to undertake risky expansionism, be it on land or over/under the oceans. We will continue to see increasing global instability, which is not good for the global economies.

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