WW4 File: Russian Defense Ministry threatens to use SAM systems to “track” US military planes as “air targets” over Syria after US Navy F/A-18E downs Syrian Su-22 fighter jet, US warplanes west of Euphrates River vulnerable to Russian missile threat, Kremlin avoids phrase “shoot down”; in first-ever such incident during Syrian Civil War, US Navy pilot shot down one of Assad’s aircraft after Syrian Arab Air Force bombed US-backed rebels near town of Ja’Din on June 18; next day Russian Su-27 fighter armed with air-to-air missiles approached within five feet of USAF RC-135 recon jet over Baltic Sea, US officials accuse Russian pilot of “provocation”; most recent of 35 “interactions” between US, Russian warplanes over Baltic region since June 2, NATO wrapped up annual 2-week BALTOPS military drill on June 16, involved USAF B-52, B-1 strategic bombers in “Russia’s backyard”; US-UK battle group, allied troops from Poland, Lithuania, Croatia prep for Russian re-seizure of Baltic states, practice defending 65-mile Suwalki Gap between Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, buffer state Belarus; U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges: “The gap is vulnerable because of the geography. It’s not inevitable that there’s going to be an attack, of course, but … if that was closed, then you have three allies that . . . are potentially isolated from the rest of the alliance”; Baltic officials fear Russia, Belarus will rehearse attack on Suwalki Gap during Zapad maneuver in Sept. 2017

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One response to “WW4 File: Russian Defense Ministry threatens to use SAM systems to “track” US military planes as “air targets” over Syria after US Navy F/A-18E downs Syrian Su-22 fighter jet, US warplanes west of Euphrates River vulnerable to Russian missile threat, Kremlin avoids phrase “shoot down”; in first-ever such incident during Syrian Civil War, US Navy pilot shot down one of Assad’s aircraft after Syrian Arab Air Force bombed US-backed rebels near town of Ja’Din on June 18; next day Russian Su-27 fighter armed with air-to-air missiles approached within five feet of USAF RC-135 recon jet over Baltic Sea, US officials accuse Russian pilot of “provocation”; most recent of 35 “interactions” between US, Russian warplanes over Baltic region since June 2, NATO wrapped up annual 2-week BALTOPS military drill on June 16, involved USAF B-52, B-1 strategic bombers in “Russia’s backyard”; US-UK battle group, allied troops from Poland, Lithuania, Croatia prep for Russian re-seizure of Baltic states, practice defending 65-mile Suwalki Gap between Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, buffer state Belarus; U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges: “The gap is vulnerable because of the geography. It’s not inevitable that there’s going to be an attack, of course, but … if that was closed, then you have three allies that . . . are potentially isolated from the rest of the alliance”; Baltic officials fear Russia, Belarus will rehearse attack on Suwalki Gap during Zapad maneuver in Sept. 2017

  1. mah29001 June 21, 2017 at 2:31 am

    This is what the Democrats have been ignoring with their phony cries of Russian interference with the 2016 US election last year…Russian aggression which our Soviet mole was okay with it when he was President….

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