WW4 File: Russian Su-27 fighter jet chases off NATO F-16 that attempted to intercept aircraft flying Russian defense minister over Baltic Sea to Kaliningrad exclave, Russian pilot rocks his jet’s wings to display weapons to Western warplane; national identity of NATO plane unclear in potential superpower crisis, follows by one day Russian Air Force’s provocative intercept of USAF recon jet in region; Sergei Shoigu blames NATO for “deteriorating situation” on Russia’s western borders: “This is linked to the increasing military activity of NATO countries in Eastern Europe. The North Atlantic Alliance is stepping up its presence in the Baltic states”; plans to strengthen military potential along front with NATO, modern weapons to be supplied to troops, 100 snap drills carried out since Jan. 2017: “Around 20 military units and bases will be established in the Western Military District before the end of the year, around 40 garrison towns are currently being built”; Western sanctions delay production of Russia’s 3rd-gen. T-14 main battle tank, Armata to enter service in 2020 with 2nd Guards Tamanskaya Motor Rifle Division, based outside Moscow; Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov vows “retaliatory measures” to new round of US Treasury sanctions against 38 Russian citizens and companies
June 21, 2017
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Contrived or not, the Kremlin propaganda machine will work overtime to portray the West in a bad light after this incident with Shoigu’s plane.