Russian bomber patrols to reach Gulf of Mexico

Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a statement that his country’s long-range bombers will range from the Arctic Ocean to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a statement that his country’s long-range bombers will range from the Arctic Ocean to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

Russia’s long-range bombers will range from the Arctic Ocean to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico on regular patrol missions, the military said Wednesday, a show of muscle reflecting tensions with the West over Ukraine.

A statement from Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu s statement comes as NATO has reported a spike in Russian military flights over the Black, Baltic and North seas as well as the Atlantic Ocean. It reflects Moscow’s increasingly tough posture amid tensions with the West over Ukraine.

Shoigu said Russian long-range bombers will conduct flights along Russian borders and over the Arctic Ocean. He added that “in the current situation we have to maintain military presence in the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific, as well as the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.”

He said that the increasing pace and duration of flights would require stronger maintenance efforts.

Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers were making regular patrols across the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans during the Cold War times, but the post-Soviet money crunch forced the military to cut back. The bomber patrol flights have resumed under Putin’s rule and have become increasingly frequent in recent years.

 
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