Russian President Vladimir Putin certainly loves playing games with the rest of the world, doesn’t he?
This is a man who rose from the depths of the KGB and continues to use his intelligence training in every facet of his waking day. (The guy probably interrogates his eggs before he whisks them in the morning).
And so, perhaps it was inevitable that, on the eve of a meeting between he and US President Joe Biden, the US fighter jets would need to be scrambled out of Hawaii to keep tabs on some Russian military exercises that were a little too close for comfort.
In response to the Russian Navy conducting what officials called its largest exercise in the Pacific Ocean since the end of the Cold War, US defense officials said that on Sunday said that USAF F-22s were dispatched to meet Russian bombers near Hawaii.
Russia’s exercise, which took place about 300-500 miles west of Hawaiian shores, includes surface ships, anti-submarine aircraft, and long-range bombers.
The US sent the fighter jets to respond to the bomber flights, but the bombers didn’t enter the Air Defense Identification Zone and were not intercepted.
US officials also said a US carrier strike group headed by the USS Vinson was operating about 200 miles east of Hawaii.
Biden and Putin are meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday, with a great deal of political posturing going on between the two nations ahead of the summit.
There is almost no doubt this Russia military provocation was all just a part of the Putin show on account of it.
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