By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
WASHINGTON (Worthy News) – Four Russian aircraft were detected and intercepted near U.S. airspace shortly after several unidentified flying objects (UFOs) were shot down over the United States, officials confirmed Tuesday.
Monday’s incursion happened in the so-called Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), said the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
Alaska’s ADIZ is not part of U.S. airspace but the zone immediately surrounding it where NORAD tracks and identifies foreign aircraft.
NORAD, overseeing North American airspace and its defense, said it reacted to the incursion with two F-16 fighters and five other supporting aircraft, including two F-35s.
The incident followed on the heels of a separate interception of Russian military aircraft by Dutch fighters. It also happened as the US is still reeling from the shooting down of three UFOs in recent days after shooting down a suspected Chinese spy balloon.
However, NORAD claimed that the incursion was “in no way related” to its efforts to shoot down UFOs or its preferred term, “unidentified aerial phenomena” over the last two weeks.
NORAD called the action more “routine” than an escalation as Russian forces attempt to penetrate the country’s ADIZ several times a year to test U.S. responses.
Yet it came ahead of the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has led to a standoff with the U.S.-led NATO military alliance. That’s why U.S. President Joe Biden will travel to NATO ally Poland from February 20 to February 22 and meet with President Andrzej Duda.
The president of Poland, one of the most vocal critics of Russia, and his U.S. counterpart will discuss bilateral cooperation and the NATO effort to bolster Ukraine’s defenses, officials confirmed.
“Wouldn’t it be great if the president didn’t have to make a trip around the first anniversary of a war that never should have started? Sadly, that’s where we are,” noted National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby.
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