- Published on Nov 12, 2014
Russian long-ranger bombers will expand their regular patrols to the Arctic, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, military officials have said. The move comes after NATO reported a spike in Russian military flights over the Black, Baltic and North seas as well as the Atlantic Ocean.
It reflects Moscow’s increasingly tough posture amid tensions with the West over Ukraine. Defence minister Sergei Shoigu said the long-range bombers would fly along Russian borders and over the Arctic Ocean.
“In the current situation we have to maintain military presence in the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific, as well as the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico,” he added.