June 4, 2014
While Russia’s “Top Gun” drills were underway on the borders of eastern Europe, it appears the Russian air force was practicing “unusually close flying” in another continent. As Bloomberg reports, the U.S.
RC-135U Combat Sent electronic intelligence plane was “conducting a
routine mission off Russia’s east coast near Japan on April 23 when the
Russian fighter flew within about 100 feet (30 meters) of its nose.
Asked why the Pentagon didn’t disclose the incident until it was
reported today by the Washington Free Beacon, spokesman Army Colonel
Steve Warren said, “I don’t have a good answer for you.” China and Japan did a similar “Top Gun” move in May.
International waters… but 90% surrounded by Russia…