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RAF Typhoons have been scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers heading towards UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence has said. The jets were dispatched from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire on Wednesday afternoon following the security alert. An RAF spokesman said the situation was "on-going" and was not uncommon. "We have Typhoons up on a quick reaction alert," he said. The UK's airspace extends 12 miles from the UK coastline. The RAF has intercepted Russian military planes six times in the past 12 months. In November two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack bombers were escorted by Typhoon jets after being detected flying over the Atlantic. Andrew Brookes, a fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and former RAF pilot, said there was no reason why the planes should enter UK airspace and the incidents were signs of "Russia flexing its muscles". "They are not trying to provoke a war," he said. "It isn't a Cold War... they are just using these tactics to poke us in the chest."
originally posted by: Cobaltic1978
The MSM in the West are certainly ramping up the rhetoric regarding the Russians and the threat they pose to the Baltic countries.
The BBC aired a programme called "Inside the war room" about two weeks ago, where the scenario was the Russian threat to Latvia. There were about ten former top civil servants who were asked to come up with a solution to the threat.
Then I was surfing through some channels on Saturday and CNN had a similar show, but they were calling for thousands of NATO troops to be deployed to the Baltics in an effort to stop the Russians from flexing their muscles on the border.
The last time the BBC did a similar show it related to a terrorist attack on London and what the response would be. Within months the 7/7 attacks happened and it was almost a carbon copy of what transpired in the fictional scenario.
Interesting times, and I am certain they want it to happen. I guess it's just a matter of time.