But that was not exactly a slim Pickens who went head-to-toe with Russian gravel. US and Russian military aircraft regularly shadow international airspace, and the US military described the incident as "routine interaction" with a Russian Su-27 fighter.
"The pilots used transponders and worked in accordance with international law," said US Air Force in Europe, Lieutenant Colonel Davina Petermann, told CNN in a statement. "The Russian plane did not drive away the B-52, and the bomber could fulfill its mission."
Such aerial encounters, however, lead to a general escalation of tensions between Russia and the United States.
The US Air Force recently deployed six nuclear-ready B-52 bombers for "theater integration and flight training" with regional allies and NATO partners to Europe. The plane arrived in the UK late last week as part of a power demonstration: The US sent the bombers to Britain and more than 1
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And Russian President Vladimir Putin has shot new weapons, of which he says that they should defend the American defense – and this could be directed against the American homeland.
Relations between Russia and the United States have already hit the lows of the Cold War in the presidential elections of 2016 after the presumed influence of Moscow. And the saber-rattling has continued around the globe: late last year, Putin's eyebrows raised when he sent some nuclear-capable bombers to Venezuela, signaling a willingness to bend military muscles in the eastern hemisphere.
All of this is taking place against the background of a possible new strategic arms race after the Trump administration effectively abolished the groundbreaking Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Moscow also suspended participation in the 1987 arms control agreement in response to Washington's statement that it would drop out of the agreement if Moscow did not comply with its terms.
How worried, therefore, is concern for this aerial chicken game? Military analysts have long warned that such an incident could escalate into a diplomatic or even military conflict. Think of the crisis that took place after a reconnaissance plane of the US Navy EP-3 in 2001 in China after a collision with a Chinese fighter aircraft. 19659011. This incident was dangerously close last year. A US Navy reconnaissance plane flying in an international air space over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian fighter aircraft, which the US military described as unsafe and unprofessional.
The chief of staff general, General Joseph Dunford, said this week that he does not believe that Putin wants to attack the US allies, at least not in the traditional sense, and said CNN's starter: "I think that's very it it is clear that the price and cost that Putin would be charged for would go far beyond what he could hope for. "
But the result seems to be that the risks of miscalculation are higher than ever.