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The U.S. Air Force, in a likely response to Russian aggression, announced that it deployed six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Europe last week for “theater integration and flying training” exercises with NATO allies and partners, a move that has irked the Kremlin.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Air Force revealed in a press release that B-52 bombers were flying coordinated missions from Indo-Pacific, home to tensions between America and China, and Europe, where United States-Russia hostilities remain alive and well.
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The U.S. Air Force noted:
Collectively, the flights from the Indo-Pacific and Europe demonstrated U.S. commitment to allies and partners through the global employment of military forces.
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The U.S. deployed B-52s the Indo-Pacific as China militarizes man-made islands and continues to engage with territorial disputes with American allies in the area’s South China Sea. Russia also has an interest in the region.
In the press release, the Air Force further explained that the B-52s deployed to Europe to “conduct training with NATO allies and partners in order to enhance interoperability and readiness. … Strategic bomber missions enhance the readiness and training necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe.”
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Early this month, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) head and NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe, painted a grim picture of America’s standing ability to credibly deter Russian aggression in the region, noting that Moscow’s efforts to modernize its armed forces are eroding the United Sates’s military advantage in Europe.
America’s B-52 deployments came as Russia celebrated the fifth anniversary of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, which has triggered a war between Kremlin-backed separatists and forces loyal to the Ukrainian government that has killed and wounded thousands, CNN noted.
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The U.S. nuclear-capable deployment further fuels ongoing tensions between Russia and the United States, the state-run TASS News agency reported Thursday.
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