Russia and The United States have gotten off on the wrong foot in 2017, and an incident in the Baltics this week has fueled speculation that things aren’t getting any smoother.
The relationship between the two superpowers has been strained, to say the least, in recent months as Russia continues to back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his monstrous regime, while simultaneously attempting to hack the entire world. Meanwhile, the dismissal of Russian diplomats from Washington by former President Barack Obama has irked the easily-irritable Vladimir Putin, who at times seems to relish in his role as a thorn in America’s side.
Now, Russians have taken things a step further, scrambling fighter jets to harass American refueling planes abroad; a move that will surely irk President Trump.
“On Tuesday,to intercept and escort a U.S. strategic bomber flying over the Baltic alongside the Russian border. The American B-52 Stratofortress bomber was flying near the border of Russian airspace.
“Similar incidents have happened close to Russian airspace in the past. In September, a Russian fighter jet flew within 10 feet of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft, in what American officials called an unsafe intercept over the Black Sea.
“Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said the intercept was considered “safe and professional.” There was media on board the refueler so there is expected to be video of the intercept. “
This further escalation of the tension between Putin and Trump comes at a time that many Americans are delving headfirst into leftist conspiracy theories surrounding the President’s possible ties to the Russian government.
For months, the democrats have been pushing a narrative implying that Donald Trump’s electoral evisceration of Hillary Clinton was made possible due to Russia’s influence on the U.S. election. In one version of the fairytale, Donald Trump was supposedly involved in allowing the deceit to occur in exchange for Presidential favors for the Russians once he reached the Oval Office.
The much more accepted theory, however, is that Russians did attempt to influence our election, but not using any insider means within the Trump campaign. Rather, undercover Russian cyber warriors likely did their damnedest to alter the outcome of the election through clandestine channels.