In yet another show of international force, Russia has dispatched nuclear-capable bombers to make runs near Japan, presumably for the world to see.
Vladimir Putin has been poking and prodding the rest of the world in recent days, after he has been internationally lambasted for his possible role in a Syrian chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians.
Beyond that incident, and his unfathomable alliance with demonstratively evil Syrian Bashar al-Assad, Putin and the Kremlin have been working overtime to annoy the United States and new President Donald Trump with petty potential blow-offs of Rex Tillerson and wildly aggressive threats of war. Now, Putin has taken yet another step in the direction of provocation, this time in a new theater of possible war: The Pacific.
“For the first time in nearly three months, Russia flew nuclear-capable ‘Bear’ bombers near Japan, Wednesday, the latest sign of increasing tensions in the region, two US officials tell Fox News.
“The officials said three Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers took off from a base in eastern Russia flying in the Sea of Japan and remained in international airspace.
“One U.S. official described the Russian bomber flight as ‘clearly meant to send a message.’
“Joining the three Russian long-range bombers was a IL-20 spy plane.
“The Russian bombers took off Wednesday from an air base in Ukrainka in eastern Russia, home to one of Russia’s largest fleet of strategic bombers.
“In late January, a pair of Russian bombers circumnavigated Japan for the first time in a year.”
Preparations seem imminent for Russia to begin World War III by provoking U.S. President Donald Trump into a conflict in Syria, or by aggressively interfering with the United States’ wrangling of North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un, who himself has been quite a handful.
Putin did, however, take one step back today as he reneged on his threat to ignore U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during his current diplomatic mission to Moscow.