This step is a signal for Russia to the fifth anniversary of its reunification with the Crimea, said FREE NEWS
The six US air force B-52 strategic bombers stationed at a base in Louisiana have been deployed to Europe for “theatre integration and air exercise” with allies and NATO partners. This was reported by the American television company CNN, which described the transfer as a signal intended for Russia on the fifth anniversary of its reunification with the Crimea.
According to the TV company, the group B-52 Stratofortress landed at the UK airbase Fairford at the end of last week. On Monday, four bombers ” carried out flights to several places in Europe, including over the Norwegian, Baltic Seas (Estonia) and the Mediterranean Sea (Greece),” CNN quoted data from the US air force.
B-52, stationed at Anderson bases on Guam in the Pacific and Fairford, conducted “simultaneous exercises to familiarize with the theater of operations in the Indo-Pacific and Europe”, bombers “flew North to the zone East of the Kamchatka Peninsula”, the US air force quoted the TV company. “Collectively, flights to the Indo-Pacific and Europe have demonstrated the US loyalty to their allies and partners through the global involvement of the armed forces”, the US air force added.
As previously reported by the Russian Ministry of defense, the US air force B-52 bomber with a transponder included, flying over the Baltic on March 15, did not approach the borders of the Russian Federation closer than 150 km.
The Russian military regularly “detect” over the Baltic planes of NATO countries, but the flight of a strategic bomber over the Baltic Sea is a rare phenomenon. According to official reports, the last time the B-52 was seen over the Baltic in 2017.
The agreement on joining Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia was signed on March 18, 2014. This decision was made following a referendum held on the Peninsula. Then, 96.7% of residents of Crimea and 95.6% of Sevastopol voted for reunification with Russia with 80% turnout. On this day, festive events are held in both regions.