Amid balloon crisis Russia conducts bomber exercise at US border

Amid balloon crisis, Russia conducts bomber exercise at US border

Summary of news

  • Russia held military exercises near the country’s border with the United States
  • The Tu95 bomber spent seven hours flying over the region alongside Su90 fighters
  • The exercise takes place over a balloon during a diplomatic incident between China and the United States
  • China and Russia have cemented ties over the years, intensified by the war in Ukraine

Tu95 was developed during the Cold War in the 1950s by the Russian Ministry of Defense via Portal 2/14/2023

The Russian Defense Ministry this Tuesday (14) released a video showing a classified exercise as a routine Tu95 bomber over the Bering Sea, where the country borders the United States.

The plane was escorted by Sukhoi Su30 fighters in an exercise that lasted about seven hours in the North Pacific. The area near Alaska is used extensively by Russian and American fishermen.

The Tu95, dubbed the Bear by NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), was developed in the 1950s during the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States. Over the years the aircraft has been modernized and is estimated to be capable of carrying 16 nuclear cruise missiles.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, in addition to the Pacific, it is common to conduct air exercises over the Arctic, the North Atlantic, and the Baltic and Black Seas. All flights followed international regulations for the use of airspace, the steward added.

The region chosen by Russia for training is the same where the United States and Canada shot down two unidentified flying objects in recent days. Earlier this month, a Chinese balloon allegedly used for espionage purposes was shot down by Washington after taking a route through the continent’s far north.

China’s ally Russia has strengthened ties with Beijing in recent years. The process has intensified since the start of the war with Ukraine in February last year.