While the leftist mainstream media and their cronies are busy arguing over how much Donald Trump interacts with Vladimir Putin, the Russian military has made a statement of their own.
In the escalating tensions between Russia and the United States there is little room for error. The two superpowers have been inching closer to calamity in recent months, after former U.S. President Barack Obama’s hasty removal of Russian ambassadors based on his hunch regarding their involvement in the 2016 U.S. election.
Now, the contention between the two nations is moving from diplomatic channels into the stratosphere. Literally.
“An armed Russian fighter jet flew alarmingly close to a U.S. Navy reconnaissance aircraft flying in the Black Sea on Tuesday — just one day before Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Washington.
“The Russian jet came as close as 20 feet to the American aircraft and remained that close for five minutes, a U.S. defense official told Fox News.
“The Russian jet was carrying six air-to-air missiles under its wings, making this episode ‘highly provocative,’ one official told Fox News.
“It is very rare for a Russian jet to intercept a U.S. aircraft while visibly armed, officials said.
“Later Thursday, a Russian Su-24 attack jet flew into South Korea’s Air Defense Zone prompting the South Korean military to scramble two F-16 fighter jets to the Sea of Japan.
“The Russian jet came within 70 miles of the USS Carl Vinson Strike Group, ‘which isn’t very far when you are talking about jets,’ a defense official told Fox News.”
Terrifying as the encounter must have been for the Navy pilot involved, its implications on the entire globe could be considered far more alarming. Russia has not been shy in their criticisms of the United States in the weeks following Donald Trump’s airstrike on the Sharyat airbase in Syria. That attack, provoked by a dastardly chemical weapons attack by Bashar al-Assad’s forces, was seen by Russia as an aggressive attack on a sovereign nation. The Kremlin then warned America that any further action in Syria would be met by force.
Now the space between the two nations, whether 20 feet or 2000 miles, will certainly be filled with a tangible tension.