MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
During a video conference with the head of the PRC’s military department, Colonel-General Wei Fenghe, Russian Defense Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu said that Russian military personnel recorded a significant increase in the activity of the US Air Force’s strategic bomber aviation in close proximity to the state border of the Russian Federation.
“We note a significant intensification of the actions of the American strategic bomber aviation near the borders of Russia. Over the past month, there have been about 30 flights to the borders of the Russian Federation, which is 2.5 times more than in the corresponding period last year, ”said Army General Sergei Shoigu. He also added: “In 2020 alone, the strategic aviation of the United States Air Force performed 22 flights over the Sea of Okhotsk, while in 2019 there were only three.”
The Russian Defense Minister stressed that during the US forces’ Global Thunder exercise, 10 American strategic bombers practiced the use of nuclear weapons against Russia from both the western and eastern directions. At the same time, “The minimum distance from our state border was 20 kilometers,” Sergei Shoigu said.
“In all cases, our air defense systems timely detected American strategic bombers, established continuous monitoring and implemented measures to prevent incidents,” the Russian Defense Minister said.
In addition, he noted that such actions of American strategic aviation near the eastern borders of the Russian Federation pose a threat to China.
Also, according to the Minister of Defense of Russia, the development of interaction between the Russian Federation and the PRC is especially important in the context of “increasing geopolitical turbulence.”
“Against this background, Russian-Chinese coordination is becoming a stabilizing factor in world affairs,” noted Sergei Shoigu.
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