Monday, December 1, 2014

Russian Rust Buckets enter English Channel Amid Tension over Ukraine ... and it wasn't Antique Weaponry Week

Russian warships entered the English Channel amid simmering tensions with the U.S. and Europe over the conflict in Ukraine.
The squadron will conduct exercises in the area, according to a spokeswoman for Russia’s Northern Fleet. At least four vessels led by the anti-submarine ship Severomorsk plan drills in the expanse of water separating England from continental Europe, the state-run news service RIA Novosti said yesterday, citing a statement by the Russian Navy. NATO said the foray isn’t “alarming, it’s normal maritime traffic.”
Russia is embroiled in its most serious confrontation with the U.S. and its European allies since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. With tensions flaring over Ukraine, NATO jets have tracked Russian military planes over the Baltic and North seas and the Atlantic Ocean in recent weeks.
The alliance has sent jets to intercept Russian planes more than 400 times this year, a 50 percent increase from 2013, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Nov. 20. This month, Russia also announced plans to extend its long-range bomber patrols as far as the Gulf of Mexico.
The government in Moscow denies accusations of stoking the months-long unrest in neighboring Ukraine, where more than 4,300 people have been killed during fighting between pro-Russian separatists and government troops.
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