With the intense pressure of a Russian/American New Cold War beginning in recent days, many were certainly surprised when they took a gander at the sky in Washington on Wednesday.
In the midst of this unfathomable pressure, Russia has continued to exert its forces in Washington D.C. in recent days, creating an enormous amount of confusion among American voters in the process. Where the U.S. would normally find this brand of surveillance a bit odd, Wednesday’s flight was actually part of a routine and expected mission in which the United States allows Russian spy planes to take a gander at U.S. facilities.
These flights, which have been going on since the 1990’s, allow our Russian intelligence counterparts to keep an eye on certain, strategic U.S. locations.
“A Russian spy plane made low-altitude passes over the White House and other sensitive areas on Wednesday, all in accordance with a 1992 agreement that both countries have used more than a hundred times in the past.
“The Russian air force Tupolev Tu-154 plane also flew past Bedminster, New Jersey, where President Donald Trump is staying at one of his golf courses, Politico reported. The plane then appeared over Dayton, Ohio near Wright-Patterson Air Base, and back over Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.
“The flight, which took off from Moscow early Wednesday, appeared to comply with the 1992 Treaty on Open Skies that allows each country to conduct surveillance flights over the other’s territory, Politico said.
“The State Department said the United States and Russia have done a combined 165 flights under the treaty over the past 15 years.”
Amid rising tensions between the United States and Russia, these spy flights have seemingly taken on an entirely new character.
As the United States prepares to defend itself against North Korean madman Kim Jong Un, Russia has taken time to issue a threat to President Donald Trump: Strike North Korea and we shall strike you back.
This complicating threat adds yet another element of danger to the already worrisome situation between Washington and the Kremlin, with leadership from both continuing to posture against their counterpart. As the time for action on the Korean Peninsula approaches, it will become imperative for Russia to come to heel, regardless of their personal beliefs regarding Kim Jong Un and his cronies.