Russian Bombers Spotted Around Dutch, UK Airspace

    April 24, 2014
    Zach Walton
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Russian bombers are apparently not all that an uncommon sight in Europe. Under normal conditions, nobody would really care if the Russian military came a little too close to a European nation’s airspace. Unfortunately, the world’s relationship with Russia is anything but normal at the moment.

CNN is reporting that two Russian TU-95 bombers were spotted half a mile inside Dutch airspace on Wednesday. In response, the Dutch military launched a number of its own aircraft to escort the two Russian planes out of its territory. While the existence of Russian bombers inside Dutch airspace may seem like hostilities between Russia and Europe has heightened, the Dutch military doesn’t seem to think that way. A spokesperson for country’s military says its actions were standard protocol and that planes from Russia or other countries are found to have entered its airspace at least four times a year.

What makes this particular story more interesting is that the British also got involved as it deployed aircraft of its own to check on the unidentified aircraft flying north of its airspace. It was found to be the same two Russian aircraft and the British military took over escort duties from the Dutch at that point. The British military says that the Russian bombers never entered its airspace, but rather remained in international airspace.

In a separate, seemingly unrelated event, the British also intercepted a Russian naval ship as it moved past Britain. The British military said it was a standard event and that it has “always routinely intercepted, identified and escorted Russian air and naval assets that transit international airspace and waters within the UK’s ‘area of interest.'” Now it’s keeping an eye on the ship as it moves South.

So, why all the tension if all this is standard protocol? If you’ve been following the news in and around Russia for the past few months, you’d know that the situation in the Ukraine has gotten out of hand. Pro-Russian and other forces are battling within the country to determine whether or not the people of the country want to become a part of Russia again. Russia has already sent troops to the country’s border and some think it’s going to invade sooner or later. The Western world is having none of it and has promised consequences for an invasion. Russia has responded that it will take appropriate action in the event that its interests in the Ukraine were threatened.

For now, we can just accept the existence of Russian bombers in and around European airspace as just a standard occurrence. There’s no need to get worried just yet.

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  • mary

    And CNN is reliable? Since when!!

    • A B

      better return to FOX now and continue dreaming

      • Jose Aparicio

        LIMAO!!!!!!, Let them GOPunks continue feeding on the Fox Faux newscasts

  • RoyB

    If Russia violated airspace of another country like Holland or UK, it is protocol to escort them back over international areas. Whatever the case, Russia is not in favor with western alliance countries due to takeover of Crimea and threatening Ukraine.

  • henrythe8thiam

    Uh, this happens all the time, both there and over the pole.

  • Scott Nillissen

    Israel flies overforiegn airspace and bombs cities in other countries. I hear nothing from western media on those occasions.

    • Jay Skinner

      Exactly, when Israel aircraft are in someone else’s airspace you better knock them down, because they out there to attack and are not lost. We know they do not care anything about UN resolutions.

    • Too high fa Dis

      Your opinion is invalid simply because you can’t spell “foreign”.

    • desselle0010

      They do this in response to missile strikes launched from these countries.

    • peters

      hmmmmm…leave israel out of this.

  • gertrude

    Nothing to fear comrade! Envious Dutch air force merely wanted to get pictures of latest superior Soviet propeller technology!

  • Douche Bama

    I’m 54 years old and this has been going on 4 years longer than I’ve been alive…yawn…gotta’ love Obamaworld reality. Good job Zack. NOT.

  • Steve

    The “tension” is only in the eyes of the media. This thing has been going on since the 1950’s. IMO a non issue.

  • John Jackson

    Turbo-prop bombers? Really?

    • desselle0010

      These aircraft are just a launch platform for more advanced ordnance. That is why the B-52 is over 50 years old. The technology in these aircraft does not need to be advanced because the ordnance, like cruse missiles, has more range and better guidance and even countermeasures.

  • Royg

    We should have listen to Patton.

  • Mark Varry

    “Tickling” a rival countries air defense systems is a time honored Col War tradition.

  • Tony Bell

    NORAD, be ware, they are Coming this time. Time to dig, in… for a possible long time.