Relations between Russia and the U.S. reached new levels of tension when a U.S. surveillance plane conducting a mission in international airspace was forced to evade the Russian military.
A U.S. Air Force spy plane evaded an encounter with the Russian military in recent days by flying into nearby Swedish airspace without that country’s permission, a U.S. military official told CNN.
The RC-135 Rivet Joint plane was flying in international airspace, conducting an electronic eavesdropping mission on the Russian military, when the Russians took the unusual action of beginning to track it with one of its land-based radar.
The Russians then sent at least one fighter jet into the sky to intercept the American aircraft, the U.S. official said Saturday.
This is only the latest in a long line of suspicious encounters between the U.S. and Russia militaries. In June, a group of Russian bombers on a suspected “training” mission were intercepted off the coast of California in the U.S’s “Air Defense Identification Zone.” Given the recent shooting down of MH-17 by Russian-backed rebels in Ukraine, this latest incidentt only adds fuel to the diplomatic fire between Washington and Moscow.
While our president insists that this isn’t the “Second Cold War”, Russia’s actions seem to indicate the opposite.