Tensions Mount: Russian Armed Jet Flies 5 Feet From U.S. Military Plane; Called ‘Provocative’; ‘Nervous Fingers On Many Buttons’

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Tensions Mount: Russian Armed Jet Flies 5 Feet From U.S. Military Plane; Called ‘Provocative’; ‘Nervous Fingers On Many Buttons’

An armed Russian jet flew within five feet of a U.S. Air Force plane Monday over the Baltic Sea, shortly after the Russian Defense Ministry criticized the United States for shooting down a Syrian jet.

The Russian SU-27 jet advanced toward the U.S. Air Force RC-135 recon plane “rapidly” and flew within five feet in what military officials told Fox News was a “provocative” and “unsafe” move. The Russian jet also was behaving “erratically.”

Although Russian and U.S. aircraft and ships have had about 35 encounters in the Baltic Sea since June 2 — according to the officials — the latest incident is the most dangerous yet and raises the chances for a deadly accident that could spark an international conflict.

Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry is threatening to attack American warplanes in Syria after a U.S. plane shot down a Syrian fighter on Sunday, The Washington Post reported. A statement from the ministry labeled the downing a “flagrant violation of international law.”

The ministry also said Russia may shoot down U.S. planes if needed.

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“All kinds of airborne vehicles, including aircraft and UAVs of the international coalition detected to the west of the Euphrates River will be tracked by the Russian SAM systems as air targets,” the statement read.

Others in Russia also criticized the U.S.

“Naked aggression and provocation,” Frants Klintsevich, a member of Russia’s parliament, wrote on Facebook. “Being provoked, first and foremost, [is] Russia.”

Klintsevich called it a “new level of danger.”

Russian rhetoric is escalating because a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet fighter shot down a Russian-made Syrian SU-22 fighter bomber. The SU-22 was attacking U.S.-backed rebels, known as the Syrian Democratic Front (SDF) when the F-18 fired.

The Russians responded by shutting off a communication channel through which U.S. commanders shared information about air operations with their forces, The Post reported. Russian planes and drones are also carrying out attacks on Syrian rebels and ISIS.

The skies over Syria already were dangerous, with U.S. and Russian aircraft operating in the same areas. The problem is that the Russians and Americans are operating under different commands.

“The only actions that we have taken against pro-regime forces in Syria — and there have been two specific incidents — have been in self-defense,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., told reporters at the National Press Club. “And we’ve communicated that clearly.”

Dunford added, “We work very hard on deconfliction. We’ve spent the last eight months on deconfliction. It’s going to require some military and diplomatic efforts in the next hours to restore deconfliction.”

Not every observer thinks there is danger. Pavel Baev, an expert on the Russian military at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, thinks the Kremlin is bluffing. Yet he, too, believes there is danger.

“It is risky because there are some nervous fingers on many buttons,” Baev said.

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Russian Bombers Buzzed The U.S. Coast TWICE This Week (Once Within 41 Miles)

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Russian Bombers Buzzed The U.S. Coast Twice This Week (Once Within 41 Miles)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Two Russian heavy bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons and cruise missiles flew close to the Alaskan coast not once but twice this week, and a U.S. congressman says it’s part of a message.

The TU-95 “Bear” bombers were intercepted on each occasion – the first time Monday and the second time Tuesday — by U.S. aircraft off the coast of Kodiak Island, Alaska, the Pentagon confirmed. Two U.S. Air Force F-22 fighters intercepted the bombers on Monday, and on Tuesday it was an E-3 surveillance aircraft.

The first intercept was about 100 miles off the coast, the second one about 41 miles away.

“This was a show of force by the Russians to show us that they are still here,” U.S. Rep Adam Kinzinger (R.-Illinois) told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

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Kinzinger described the flights as “an attempt to come up as close as they could to our international borders to see what our reaction would be.” The Russians, he said, are “trying to show their teeth.”

Strategic Bomber and Missile Platform

The TU-95 is a four-engine strategic bomber and missile platform. It is the oldest aircraft in the Russian Air Force and has been in service since 1956.

A TU-95 can carry nuclear bombs or nuclear-tipped cruise missiles, the latter of which are capable of evading radar and antimissile defenses.

A modified TU-95 dropped the largest nuclear bomb ever tested, in 1961 — the so-called Tsar Bomb. During the Cold War, TU-95s often flew patrols with nuclear weapons, much like their American counterpart, the B-52.

There was no radio traffic contact between the bombers and U.S. fighters this week. Instead, the Russians merely flew off.

Russian military forces have been getting more aggressive with their American counterparts lately. The armed spy ship Viktor Leonov was spotted 30 miles off of Groton, Conn., in February.

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Russia’s New ‘Nuclear Torpedo’ Can Create Giant Tsunamis And Wipe Out Entire Coastal Cities

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By Michael Snyder – The Economic Collapse Blog

While the eyes of the world are on ISIS, Russia is creating weapons unlike anything the world has ever seen before.  Plans for a giant self-propelled nuclear torpedo that can create a giant tsunami more than 1,000 feet tall were recently “leaked by mistake” by the Russian media.  Apparently the warheads on these torpedos are designed to create so much radiation “that everything living will be killed” – including those that try to survive the attack by hiding in underground shelters.  These “robotic mini-submarines” would have a range of up to 10,000 kilometers and would be able to evade all existing U.S. detection systems.  To say that such a weapon would be a “game changer” would be a massive understatement.

I know that you are not just going to take my word for any of this.  So like I do in all of my articles, I am going to carefully document what I am saying.

The reason why we know about the plans for this new nuclear torpedo is because they were displayed on Russian state television for a few moments during a recent broadcast.  According to Russian officials, this was an “accident”.  The following comes from a report in the Independent

Secret plans for a new Russian nuclear torpedo system have been shown on state-controlled television in what the Kremlin said was an accident.

A close-up of a confidential document detailing “Ocean Multipurpose System: Status-6” was broadcast for several seconds by Channel One Russia and NTV during coverage of a meeting between Vladimir Putin and military officials.

Could it be possible that this “accident” happened on purpose?

Could it be possible that it was intended as a warning for the Obama administration?

You never know.

But without a doubt, this is the kind of weapon that would keep military planners up at night.  According to RT, this new nuclear torpedo is designed to create “extensive zones of radioactive contamination” that would ensure that no “military, economic, business or other activity” would occur in that area for a very long time…

The presentation slide titled “Ocean Multipurpose System: Status-6” showed some drawings of a new nuclear submarine weapons system. It is apparently designed to bypass NATO radars and any existing missile defense systems, while also causing heavy damage to “important economic facilities” along the enemy’s coastal regions.

The footnote to the slide stated that Status-6 is intended to cause “assured unacceptable damage” to an adversary force. Its detonation “in the area of the enemy coast” would result in “extensive zones of radioactive contamination” that would ensure that the region would not be used for “military, economic, business or other activity” for a “long time.”

In addition, Konstantin Sivkov of the Russian Geopolitical Academy told the BBC that this kind of weapon could be used to create a tsunami more than 1,000 feet high…

A warhead of up to 100 megatons could produce a tsunami up to 500m (1,650ft) high, wiping out all living things 1,500km (930 miles) deep inside US territory

As I have written about previously, a whopping 39 percent of all Americans live in counties that directly border a shoreline.  The detonation of just a handful of these weapons could wipe out the entire east coast and kill off a very substantial percentage of the U.S. population.

On top of all that, the BBC is reporting that a state-run Russian publication is suggesting that these new torpedos are being fitted with extremely radioactive cobalt warheads…

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About the author:

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.

Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream

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