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Russian Aircraft Incursions Near US Increase Amid Friction

OWoN: Training means being ready. Russia is preparing to attack and nuke, first testing defenses and times.

By Andrea Billups
7 August 2014

The Russian military may be testing U.S. air defenses, with at least 16 incursions by foreign aircraft having been logged in American "air defense identification zones" in the past 10 days, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

Such penetrations near U.S. territory have occurred as America's relations with Russia have suffered amid its stance on Ukraine, prompting U.S. jets to scramble on occasion to intercept the incoming Russian aircraft, the Free Beacon's Bill Gertz reported.

"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 website.

She said the United States viewed the heightened activity as more training than aggression as a higher number than usual of Russian aircraft were seen primarily along the Alaskan air zone with one incursion entering Canadian airspace.

Among the Russian aircraft observed testing the waters near U.S. borders were Tu-95 Bear H heavy bombers, Tu-142 Bear F maritime reconnaissance aircraft, and one IL-20 intelligence collection aircraft, Smith said.

Defense officials not identified by the Free Beacon told the website they were concerned about Russia's strategic nuclear forces coming closer to the United States.

"These are not just training missions," one defense official said.

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    U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil began drilling in Russia's Arctic on Saturday, despite Western sanctions imposed on its Russian partner Rosneft, and was hailed by Russia's president as an model of "cooperation".

    Although U.S. sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine are not designed to halt joint projects by Russian and U.S. companies, they nevertheless aim to starve Rosneft of dollar financing and ban access to modern technology.

    Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with ExxonMobil President and Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson (R)
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    Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with ExxonMobil President and Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson (R)

    "Today, commercial success is driven by efficient international cooperation," Vladimir Putin told Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin and Glenn Waller, ExxonMobil's lead manager in Russia, on a video conference call from his Black Sea residence in Sochi.

    "Businesses, including Russian and foreign companies, perfectly realise that and despite certain current political difficulties, pragmatism and common sense prevail, and we are pleased to hear that," he said.

    Exxon brought a rig from Norway to drill Russia's first well in the Kara Sea and its move will be seen as a vote of confidence in Rosneft, run by a close ally of Putin's, Igor Sechin, who has also had sanctions imposed on him by Washington.

    Read More › No grounds for US sanctions: Rosneft chief Sechin

    "We of course welcome this approach (to cooperate) and are from our side are open to expand our cooperation," Putin said.

    "I am convinced that the joint projects between Rosneft, Exxon Mobil and other companies will benefit our national economies, will contribute to strengthening the global energy situation," he said.

    Waller, who spoke Russian, said the company was keen to keep working in Russia.

    "Our cooperation is a long-term one," he said. "We see big benefits here and are ready to work here with your agreement."

    Oligarchs and billionaires hit by Ukraine sanctions

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    The United States and the European Union have introduced sanctions, from asset freezes and visa bans for businessmen and officials thought close to Putin, to limits on access to Western capital for Russian state banks over what

    Western powers say is Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis. Moscow has responded by banning food imports from the United States, European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway, with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev threatening further counter-sanctions if the West presses ahead with more penalties.

    1. Canauzzie.... not sure why so much space in between in that post,,, sorry....
      Had to post this here... my head is spinning... Exxon shaking hands with Putin with everything that is going on... seems wild to me... notice this excerpt from Putin...
      "We of course welcome this approach (to cooperate) and are from our side are open to expand our cooperation," Putin said." .... notice "FROM OUR SIDE" .... maybe I am reading to much into it...


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