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Pentagon Admits Russian Fighter Flew Within 30 Meters Of US Spy Plane

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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...


As Bloomberg reports,

A Russian Su-27 Flanker fighter jet intercepted a U.S. surveillance plane off Russia’s east coast near Japan in April, flying unusually close, as tensions rose over the Ukraine crisis.



The U.S. RC-135U Combat Sent electronic intelligence plane made by Boeing Co. was conducting a routine mission over the Sea of Okhotsk north of Japan on April 23 when the Russian fighter flew within about 100 feet (30 meters) of its nose, Rear Admiral John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said today.



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.”


Warren said he wasn’t aware of any other close encounters since “this incident” between Russian and U.S. aircraft in the region.


Russian Air Force spokesman Igor Klimov said he couldn’t comment immediately when reached by phone today.


Pentagon officials have expressed their concerns about the intercept to the Russian military, Kirby said.

This is not the first such "close flying" episode recently...

Japan and China on Sunday accused each other's air forces of dangerous behavior over the East China Sea, with Japan saying Chinese aircraft had come within a few dozen meters of its warplanes.

With wars now being fought on stock exchanges, perhaps they just wanted a polaroid...


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Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:06 | 4822066 LetThemEatRand
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Evidently, they've lost that lovin' feeling.

Now everyone imagine the story on Drudge if Russia was flying an electronic surveillance aircraft off the coast of New York or California.  Interestingly, I read Drudge's article on this encounter, and embedded within it was a comment that the Russians are testing America because Obama is weak.  Yeah, that's what this is about.  Everyone knows that Russia will invade the world the minute we don't invade the world.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:11 | 4822099 rubiconsolutions
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"So does this mean we won't be playing volleyball?"

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:22 | 4822127 markmotive
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Yet another step on the road to World War 3

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 02:03 | 4822343 Haus-Targaryen
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You think the Ruskies are aggressive now?  Just wait until we cannot pay our bills anymore.  

They've been itching for some "payback" ever since some moron muttered this "not a single inch" comment.  

Why hello Japan, my name is Vlad, have we met?  

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:32 | 4822151 BC6
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"Mother Goose, you fucking pussy."

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:15 | 4822107 Slave
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Hey Rand! How's my favorite Democrat (who blames bankers slightly more than Republicans) doing today?

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:21 | 4822114 LetThemEatRand
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Just got back from a Hillary rally. Rode my horse Johnny K in and parked him outside.  Fucking cops left a ticket on his harness, but John tells me he has diplomatic immunity so don't worry about it.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:00 | 4822208 prains
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....thought most bankers WERE republicans but that may be my own bias, sorry for being so obtuse

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:10 | 4822227 LetThemEatRand
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Most bankers are Republicrats.  The rest are Dempublicans.  Or vice-versa. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 05:24 | 4822425 tonyw
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Bankers pay politicians from both sides with money they are given for free, of course he who pays the piper calls the tune so there's no difference betwen red and blue it's just a distraction for the voters to make them think they have some control over the outcome.

Do you think the american people are really behind a first nuclear strike?

What do you mean it can't be important otherwise it would be on Fox.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:03 | 4822142 g'kar
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"Evidently, they've lost that lovin' feeling."


They were just doing a payback rollover and flipoff because of that darn Maverick.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 01:58 | 4822339 COSMOS
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They were lucky it wasn't the Chinese, the last time the Chinese crashed their jet into the American Surveillance plane.  The Russians not as hot headed.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 06:29 | 4822447 safe as milk
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... or just better pilots!

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 06:53 | 4822463 intric8
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That russian fighter looks fucking bad ass. Mav better not get all merlin in his tomcat or his ass is going down in flames

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:00 | 4822209 TheMeatTrapper
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Obama is weak. If he had a spine, he'd stand up for the Constitution, throw 99% of his staff in prison and dissolve 90% of the Federal government. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:32 | 4822260 JLee2027
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All that is going to happen regardless of Obama. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:14 | 4822547 sleigher
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Or all that is going to happen in a giant flash of light.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 01:49 | 4822332 Bioscale
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It has nothing to do with Obama. He is just a speaker of the banksters of the world. Saying he's weak means banksters are weak. And that would be a mistake.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 05:26 | 4822427 tonyw
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yep, he's well and truly bought, believes in exceptionalism and the right of america to do anything regardless of whether it's legal or morally right.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 01:32 | 4822319 mrmister
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I like the Airforce Retort "we got this on video" "gonna post it on twitter and facebook" nope they ain't Maverick and Goose that's for sure. But hay I guess the Mav was Navy.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 05:43 | 4822431 IronForge
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The Russians pull this off with their Bears against Japan on occassion.

Passive Intel on Air Defense Works.  Nothing much but a distraction...

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 06:16 | 4822443 bubblemania
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Drudge is a neocon but at least he's starting to link to ZH! 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:26 | 4822578 Youri Carma
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Dr. Paul Craig Roberts - Belief U.S. Can Win Nuclear War Makes it Likely
Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:43 | 4823146 tony wilson
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we can beets russian

we just haves to do what are presdents says and have beliefs.

we also haves are jewish friends in london and tel aviv who will help us slaughter fores freedumbs

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 09:02 | 4822712 gcjohns1971
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That does seem to be the central tenet of Oligarch thinking everywhere.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:04 | 4822074 stant
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Word on the street is north com on alert

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:07 | 4822086 FieldingMellish
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Can't be. No gold smackdown.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:29 | 4822249 lakecity55
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On alert against Who?

US Citizenisms?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 04:31 | 4822410 TheFourthStooge-ing
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On alert against Who?

US Citizenisms?

Yep. We're at BlobbingUpCOM level 2. Street sweeping crews are on standby.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 01:40 | 4822322 mrmister
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Considering the US has declared everyone on the planet an enemy including allies and veterans, they ought to be on alert 24/7. The entire US military leadership is on crack and the world knows it. Bad time to be American.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:14 | 4822079 NoDebt
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Wow, our recon plane looks like.... really modern and stuff. 

I bet it flies high enough and fast enought to outrun an Amazon delivery drone.

What is that dinosaur?  A converted 707?

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:25 | 4822136 pitz
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KC-135 actually, predecessor of the 707, with relatively modern CFM56 (F108) engines. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 01:17 | 4822307 hobopants
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We should just start strapping cameras to bald eagles...cause it's Amurica and all that.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:16 | 4822550 sleigher
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sharks and lasers?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 09:00 | 4822707 gcjohns1971
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That's why it was so threatening.

If it were a F22 it would be oh-so-boring.

You see a biplane near your border and you start to really worry about the sanity of the pilot.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:09 | 4822091 Payne
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Big deal form flights are closer than that.  So is arial refueling !  Muchto do about nothing other than hot dogging.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:23 | 4822124 tickhound
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It was a reckless intercept of a perfectly routine anal probing... More foreplay required.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:08 | 4822093 grunk
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If they told you, they'd have to kill you.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:09 | 4822094 Carpenter1
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Why even tell us now? This was weeks ago, but someone decided they want the public to know about it after all.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:27 | 4822246 lakecity55
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Who owns the "Free Beacon?"

Perhaps a Tribal Member?

Who fucking cares?

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:12 | 4822104 NoDebt
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"I don't have a good answer for you"

Translation:  Do you really care?  I sure as shit don't.  Can I just slide off into retirement already?  Something about new Obama adminstration policies on press disclosures, blah, blah, blah, nothing you'd be interested in hearing.  If they got shot down we'd have called it a training accident.  Condolances to the families and all that shit.  Can I just like... leave now, please?  I'm pretty much done talking, even if you're not done asking questions.  Ok, cool, I'm out.  See ya.


Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:19 | 4822113 Quus Ant
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Boeing makes the spy plane?  Geeez.... how do we know it won't up and disappear like a fart in the wind? 

It's been known to happen.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:19 | 4822118 Kirk2NCC1701
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The US is just info-trolling on behalf of Bibi, so they can determine the strengths and weaknesses of Iran's air defenses.

The DOD is just the "Shabbos Goy" for IDF.  I'm not so naive that I don't get that, i.e., that the Globalists are at the helm in DC and NY.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:36 | 4822149 JuliaS
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During the Cold War, before the era of orbital satellites, both sides periodically sent spy planes on recon missions. Every once in a while a plane would get shot down by ground defenses. There was a silent agreemen between the nations: "You pretend you didn't catch what we pretend we did not send." Took decades to declassify data. Over 120 Americans died on such routine flights. Russian casualties are unknown.

I'm guessing the only reason we hear of the current incident is because nothing actually happened. If the planes were lost, it would've been as if they never even existed.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:34 | 4822153 laomei
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So many shits I do not give.  It's a spy plane spying on Russia.  Russia should just shoot it down, erm.. make it "vanish" without a trace rather.  Seeing as it's trendy now to have entire planes vanish, maybe the US media would even joke about it and how it totally doesn't matter, and then put out insane "black hole" theories and criticize the families for daring to want to find out what happened.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:58 | 4822699 gcjohns1971
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That's exactly what he was trying to do.

The jet wash from his engines normally would choke the jet engines on the plane in the rear.

Of course the Sukoi was over Japan at the time.


Can both sides play by your rules?

Think about whether your rules are good rules next time you get on a plane.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:37 | 4822160 wiseindian
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$1 billion ought to help out.  The European Reassurance Initiative? Maybe Draghi helped pick the name and Yellen helped pick the amount. Because you know... if you own the printing press then what's a billion between friends. A billion here, a billion there. 

"Obama announced that he is asking Congress for a fund of up to $1 billion to allow for a "European Reassurance Initiative" to bolster the security of NATO allies. This would help the United States undertake increased training exercises, explore the pre-positioning of military equipment, and build the capacity of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to partner with the United States and NATO."

A paragraph that is buried in this somewhat related article...

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:41 | 4822169 Spungo
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Russian aircraft does not attack American aircraft. News at 11.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:23 | 4822239 lakecity55
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Haha. +10.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:22 | 4822238 Atomizer
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Who fell asleep at the radar screen?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:28 | 4822247 JailBanksters
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So what are trying not to say: It's Illrgal to go near US Spy plane Illegally spying on another country

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:31 | 4822256 jonjon831983
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Too close for missiles, switching to guns.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:43 | 4822271 joego1
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Sorry guys, saw the tanker decals and though I could dump my holding tank.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 01:57 | 4822338 lunaticfringe
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“I don’t have a good answer for you.”

Go ahead and spin some of your bullshit anyway. We're used to it. I have my goggles.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 02:49 | 4822366 SpanishGoop
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I would like to see air combat between a Su-27 and a F-35....o wait,,,,one of them need another couple of billions.


Wed, 06/04/2014 - 03:16 | 4822379 mumcard
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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, "because we didn't need the propaganda until today..."

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 06:32 | 4822448 safe as milk
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... or go ask john kerry.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 03:23 | 4822384 Obamanism
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Hmm, very interesting that the Pentagon does not have an answer. Could it be the American plane strayed into the no-mans land and the Russian fighter was giving it a warning. The Russians might have thought it was the Malaysian MH370 flight on a 9/11 mission and went to have a look.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 09:12 | 4822745 gcjohns1971
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This shit happens all the time.

 Next time you are near a border look for the line on the ground.

I just hate chest beating, trash talking generally.

People stir up shit to satisfy their overgrown childish egos.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 04:57 | 4822417 intric8
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Of course, the difference between now and when top gun came out is the russians speak english much better now, but the americans still cant speak russian.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:55 | 4822678 gcjohns1971
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Wed, 06/04/2014 - 06:53 | 4822461 what's that smell
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somebody inside the military industrial complex said the russians suck so we need more money?....

holy batshit, batman!

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 07:38 | 4822495 Fred123
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Must be the new flexibility the darkie in the WH promised Putin a couple of years ago. Makes me wonder what he promised the Chinese.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 07:53 | 4822514 Haager
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A spy-plane at Russia's border to the east intercepted but not shot down, and they're calling it an incident indirectly blaming Russia for protecting it's own border. 

I AM a little bit confused now - and if I'd been in power in Russia I'd shot it down without thinking about it more than 2 times. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:51 | 4822644 gcjohns1971
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That's because it wasn't on Russia's border.   It was over Japan and NEAR the Russian border.

If, as you say, you'd have 'shot it down' then think about what that means next time you are flying over Alaska which is 'near' the Russian border.

Intercepting and shadowing the US aircraft is completely expected, and proper.  Russia does need to ensure the US plane doesn't enter its air space.

But to achieve the near miss the Russian plane invaded Japan.

The argument that the Russian plane was 'defending' doesn't work very well when it is flying over someone else's country.

But Russian's tend to forget that.

What if every nation did here, what Russia did?  What if US fighters intercepted all aircraft over the east of Kamchatka because it is 'near' the US border? (but over the Russian Border)

What if the North Sea became off-limits to Russia because it is *Near* the border with Norway?

Borders have two sides. 

This Russian plane was on the wrong side of a border.  

Honest people can't call that defense.  But of course, most people aren't honest, either intellectually or personally.

Where I live I have a fence.  If my neighbor came to my side of the fence brandishing a gun to tell me I was too close to the fence he'd be shot.

How near is 'near'?  If I let him police my side of the fence, then how much?  I might soon discover my entire property is off-limits because it is 'near' his property.

My neighbor needs to stay on his side of the fence.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:03 | 4822524 esum
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med 1966...  usn jet jocks used to bump the wings and use the jetwash to fuck with the badgers and bears flying out of alexandria... and similar to the clip they would put signs in russian telling the russians about their mom's sexual prefernces and performance.. a4 skyhawks were launched with live nukes and unless diverted executed an attack... the planes were alll white and the cockpit had a shield to prevent pilot blindness from the intense brightness.. essentialy a suicide mission.. each side had its finger on the nuke trigger and it was no bullshit.. today is child's play by comparison... but today we have no leadership... bendover bamma is a joke as commander in chief.. taliban ball licker and the top generals are a pathetic group of ballless ass sniffers. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:18 | 4822551 TalkToLind
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It's amazing how effective the words "routine mission" are at lulling the media watching, gum chewing American sheeple to sleep. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:55 | 4822685 rsnoble
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The US is like the dumbass that keeps pushing the dog to bite because the dog is not supposed to be bite.  Even if it's kicked repeatable and put in a choke hold.  Eventually when it bites it's punished severely.  Will be interesting because Russia is a pitbull.

I use this reference because I actually had a couple stupid inlaws that did this to dogs.  It amounted to me kicking their asses.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:57 | 4822693 rsnoble
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By the way, their excuse basically means stay out of our business you people just go to work and pay bills and leave us and our affairs alone you're bothering us.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 09:06 | 4822722 gcjohns1971
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The Pentagon didn't report this because it really is routine.

Russian nuclear bombers routinely fly along the US East Coast.  The US spys on Russia, and tries to map where its air defenses lie.

The Russian pilot happened to be over Japan at the time.  But that is not news. 

It happens all the time.  There's not exactly a line drawn in the sky.

But for all of you who talk big shit about how you would just shoot the plane down, I have this to say.


Those rules work both ways.

Happy flying.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 09:28 | 4822812 1stepcloser
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The Treaty on Open Skies entered into force on January 1, 2002, and currently has 34 States Parties. It establishes a program of unarmed aerial surveillance flights over the entire territory of its participants. Thetreaty is designed to enhance mutual understanding and confidence by giving all participants, regardless of size, a direct role in gathering information about military forces and activities of concern to them. Open Skies is one of the most wide-ranging international efforts to date promoting openness and transparency of military forces and activities. The concept of "mutual aerial observation" was initially proposed to Soviet Premier Nikolai Bulganin at the Geneva Conference of 1955 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower; however, the Soviets promptly rejected the concept and it lay dormant for several years. The treaty was eventually signed as an initiative of US president (and former Director of Central Intelligence) George H. W. Bush in 1989. Negotiated by the then-members of NATO and the Warsaw Pact, the agreement was signed in Helsinki,Finland, on March 24, 1992.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 09:51 | 4822932 americanspirit
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Here is an interesting story from 1954 by the pilot of an RB-47 - this shit has been going on forever.


Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:48 | 4823123 tony wilson
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yer top gun we are exceptable der best nayshun

us usa

dem russkis airplanes bend in der rain sea.

der cardbored wings get full of water and go floppy.

day sure look pretty but all we have to do is use are haarp weather weapons makes it rain and watch dem wings bend.

we can win dis next wars easy as longs as we always use metal and avoid russian paper mash A

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:28 | 4823305 Bankster Kibble
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Interesting if indeed the Russian jet was over Japanese territory.  However the story says the intercept happened over the Sea of Okhotsk north of Japan.  Was that near the Kurile Islands?  Russia still claims those as its territory.  Also, the UN just recognized Russian authority over the Sea of Okhotsk, under terms of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.  How do we in USA interpret Russian presence over our continental shelf?

Seems USA was being a tad provocative.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:40 | 4823774 Jano
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Kurily belong to Russia. Japs lost the war an a mayhem of ilands to US and to Russia....

but the hell, what is a US spy machine doing there?

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