MOSCOW — A pair of Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers was spotted over the northern Atlantic Ocean near Iceland, Greenland and Canada, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
The Russian bomber jets were reportedly on a training mission lead by Russia.
Analysis of the flight indicated the aircraft were conducting practice runs to a pre-determined launch box” an optimum point for firing nuclear-armed cruise missiles at US targets, Gertz wrote, citing unnamed defense officials he described as being familiar with intelligence reports.
The bombers were also reported to have a nuclear missile reach of about 1,800 miles. This comes after NATO started conducting military drills in Latvia following dangerous tensions in Ukraine.
According to Beacon writer Bill Gertz, the reported drill occurred last week at the same time that officials from the US, Canada and other allied partners met in Wales for the largest NATO summit in two years. The summit covered the growing issues between Ukraine and Russia. A plan to protect Ukraine from Russia’s aggression was also on the agenda. On the heels of that meeting, both the US and the European Union have agreed to set up a new round of sanctions against Russia.
Clearly, we at the US Strategic Command do monitor the strategic environment,Admiral Cecil Haney, commander of the US Strategic Command, told Gertz last month following reports that Russian bombers came within 50 miles of California on the US West Coast. “I will say that the business of them coming close to the United States of America, we take very seriously.
The Ukrainian crisis continues to draw international attention and has turned into the closest confrontation to World War 3 since the Cold War.