US flies strategic bombers over NATO’s eastern flank — Analysis
The Pentagon sent B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers to Germany and Romania on Friday as a show of force during Russia’s continued campaign in Ukraine.
They took off at RAF Fairford, Britain. From there they flew to Germany where they participated in integration mission training and close air support. The aircraft were flown back to Britain to participate in the same exercise.
General Jeff Harrigian of the US Air Forces Europe said that such exercises were authorized by General Jeff Harrigian. “give us a critical opportunity to integrate and train with our allies and partners, especially during this difficult time.”
“Training together ensures the defensive power of NATO remains unmatched,”He concluded.
This comes just days after NATO sent 500 troops to Romania in its rapid response force. The military bloc stated that the move was taken after a NATO rapid-response force deployed 500 soldiers to Romania on Monday and Tuesday. “triggered” by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Moscow attacked its neighbor on February 24, arguing that it was defending the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, which broke off from Ukraine shortly after the 2014 coup in Kiev. Russia claimed it also wanted the “demilitarization and denazification”Ukraine
Kiev claimed that the attack was completely unprovoked, and appealed for international assistance. Many countries have put severe sanctions on Russia including the US and the UK. However, several large companies have stopped sales to the country.
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