Breaking: Russia Invades U.S. Airspace

( – This year there have been at least four incidents where Russian aircraft were intercepted close to Alaska’s airspace. Tensions between Moscow and Washington have intensified following the start of the war in Ukraine.

On July 3, in the latest incident, four Russian aircraft flew into the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). The aircraft had not infringed U.S. or Canadian airspace according to a statement from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) posted on social media.

On Wednesday, a U.S. Defense Department spokesperson revealed that Russian activity in the ADIZ is frequent but that it is not perceived to be a threat. A NORAD spokesperson also revealed to Newsweek that there was no indication that this or any previous events were connected to “global activity.”

The ADIZ is an international airspace, however, NORAD has noted in a press release that all aircraft in the airspace are identified in order to ensure national security in the area. The force has not specified what type of aircraft was used by Russia on July 3. Russia’s aircraft have not actually made any other trips into the ADIZ this year, but it is common for similar flights from other militaries to take place in airspace close to Russia according to former British military officer Frank Ledwidge.

Still, Ledwidge claimed that the location of Russia’s aircraft is significant because if Moscow was to launch ballistic missiles at the U.S., they would go over the Arctic region. However, this would still be a different path than the one used by the Russian aircraft.

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