First They Stole the Election, and Now We Have Russian Fighter Jets Chilling Near US Airspace

Russian aerobatic group Strizhi (Swifts) performs on MIG-29 jet fighters on rehearsal day for the MAKS-2015, the International Aviation and Space Show, in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on Aug. 21, 2015. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s time for President TrumPutin to get on his burner cellphone and call America’s new play cousin Russia to find out why Russian planes keep riding up and down the coast of Alaska near U.S. airspace.

According to CNN, “Russian military aircraft were spotted flying off the coast of Alaska for the fourth time in as many days.” Although Russian aircraft never entered U.S. airspace, it’s unclear whether President TrumPutin is doing anything about it.


Two IL-38 maritime patrol aircraft were seen late Wednesday, and on Thursday, two Tu-95 nuclear-capable Bear bombers were also seen flying through Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone, 700 nautical miles southwest of Anchorage.

CNN did note that the flights haven’t posed a real military threat and that this could be a show of force. There is “no other way to interpret this other than as strategic messaging,” an official told CNN. A U.S. defense official told the news site that this was “nothing out of the ordinary.”

First they stole the election and now they’re flying near U.S. airspace. Pretty soon they’ll have fighter jets on blocks in the White House driveway, and a shirtless Putin will be drinking from a beer cozy and talking about how the carburetor on this clunker is giving him hell.

Read more at CNN.

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr.

Senior Editor @ The Root, boxes outside my weight class, when they go low, you go lower.