Russia Threatens Sweden Again, Bombers Fly Over Baltic

Fighter jet. Photo by Rob Shenk.

Our Take!

Russia continues to do pretty much whatever it wants, and I don’t see the American government, who appears relatively spineless, or Western Europeans, who need Russia’s energy sources, doing much to prevent another incident in the future similar to what we’ve seen in Ukraine and Georgia.

By Karl Ritter

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Swedish Air Force on Tuesday tracked four Russian combat aircraft flying with their transponders turned off over the Baltic Sea, officials said.

The Russian planes – two long-range, nuclear-capable Tu-22M3 bombers and two Sukhoi Su-27 fighters – were flying in international airspace, according to Sweden’s Armed Forces.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom called it “unacceptable” for the Russian planes to be flying with shut-off transponders that are necessary for identifying aircraft on radar, calling it violation of international aviation rules. READ MORE …

[Published by Associated Press]

Photo by Rob Shenk.

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