Russia has plans to send long-range bombers to within miles of the United States in an apparent show of strength that has many worried about World War 3.
This week, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made a statement saying that Russia plans to send regular patrol missions to waters just off the coast of the United States, saying, “In the current situation we have to maintain military presence in the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific, as well as the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.”
Russia has increased its military activity in recent weeks, raising fears over a wider conflict. Russian fighter jets have been intercepted over NATO airspace dozens of times in the Baltic region, an act that many believe is a test of defenses. At the same time Russia has conducted nuclear exercises and positioned nuclear weapons in northern regions, raising fears even higher.
The maneuvers come amid already high tensions after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine which was denounced by western leaders and led to economic sanctions against Russia. British Prime Minister David Cameron recently warned that the world was on the verge of a new Cold War.
“They [Russia] are ripping up the international rulebook and disregarding the democratic will of the Ukrainian people to determine their own future,” Cameron said, via the BBC News.
But at the same time Cameron tried to downplay fears that World War 3 could erupt over Russia’s military activity, saying that leaders should continue fighting back using economic means.
“I don’t believe there is a military solution,” he said. “But that is not the only tool available to us. Economic sanctions on Russia are having an impact. Capital has flown out of Russia, banks are short of finance, and the Russian stock market and Rouble have fallen significantly.”
But Russia and President Vladimir Putin have not been fazed by the sanctions, and last week raised fears of World War 3 even higher by sending a new convoy of tanks and soldiers into a disputed portion of Ukraine.