The Associated Press is reporting that nuclear bombers of the Russian Air Force have been ordered into the air again. It has been 15 years since Russia had nuclear bombers on an active nuclear patrol.
Why the change now?
What threat has arisen that would cause Russia to take this expensive step?
With the price of aviation fuel at such high levels, those bombers are going to be expensive to fly. And, that’s not adding in the cost of maintenance of the planes and the nuclear missiles in those planes.
Is Russia worried that the United States will object to Russian plans? Whatever those plans would be? With all the oil money flooding into Russia, is it possible that Russia is now able to do something that she hasn’t been able to doÂ for the past 15 years?
This is especially important when you consider that Russia has been playing footsie with the Iranians and anyone else that is in opposition to the US or the EU. In fact, they’ve been strenuously attempting to woo away countries considering EU membership – especially those countries that had been signatories to the Warsaw Pact, and even more thoseÂ previously under the Soviet Union.
Russia has never been squeamish about who theyÂ make deals with, so I wonder who they are talking to. Turkey, naturally, but who else? Pakistan?Â Islamic countries like Sudan?Â Will we see them do deals with Islamic terror groups?
Russia has always had a penchant forÂ empire, and now that they have the money to do something about it… they’re doing something about it.
Here we go again.Â
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