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Russian Bombers in US Airspace Several Times Over Last Week

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In this May 9, 2009 file photo, Russian fighter jets and strategic lon-range bombers fly over Red Square during the nation's Victory Day parade in Moscow, Russia. (Alexey Saznov/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 08 Aug 2014 03:31 PM

Russian nuclear bombers have flown into U.S. air space near Alaska multiple times in the last 10 days, several times causing the U.S. to deploy jet fighters.

The strategic nuclear bombers have crossed into U.S. air defense zones 16 or more times, The Washington Free Beacon reported, which U.S. defense officials said is a significant increase over the usual number of times that occurs.

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During one such instance, a Russian jet for gathering intelligence was also seen.

“Over the past week, NORAD has visually identified Russian aircraft operating in and around the U.S. air defense identification zones,” Maj. Beth Smith, spokeswoman for U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, told the Free Beacon.

Smith downplayed the potential threat, and said the incursions into U.S. air space were determined to be training missions or exercises.

USA Today said this is the second spike in such activity seen since June and said the recent activity is tied to war exercises along eastern Ukraine.

Russian military spokesperson Col. Alexander Gordeyev recently said "the intensity of Air Force flights in the Arctic increased several-fold" this year, USA Today reported.

Gordeyev said that, along with patrols and searches for “foreign submarines,” the increased activity worked to ensure "the security of sea navigation and carrying out search and rescue, and scientific missions."

The situation, though, reminded some people in the U.S. military of issues during the Cold War, USA Today noted.

In April, a U.S. spy plane was approached by a Russian fighter jet in international airspace.

In June, four Russian strategic bombers flew within 50 miles of the California coast as they did practice bombing runs near Alaska.

At the time, a NORAD spokesman told the Beacon, “They typically do long range aviation training in the summer and it is not unusual for them to be more active during this time. We assess this was part of training. And they did not enter territorial airspace.”

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