Feature Interview: How should U.S. deal with Russian bombers buzzing Alaskan airspace?

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A Russian Tupolev Tu-95 turboprop-powered strategic bomber flies above the Kremlin in Moscow, on May 7, 2015, during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade. (Alexander Nemenova/AFP/Getty Images)
Last week, Russian military planes flew near Alaska’s coast on four separate occasions.

American military intercepted two of the flights and Canadian fighters joined their U.S. counterparts during the fourth intercept. All were legal, in international airspace and American military leaders have downplayed concern.

Heather Conley is the senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia and the Arctic with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC. She said these Russian incursions are meant to test U.S. military readiness.

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Listen to Heather Conley‘s analysis in this interview with journalist Lori Townsend on the Alaska Public Media website.
Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Do Russian bomber patrols in the Arctic threaten Canada’s security and sovereignty?, Radio Canada International

Finland: UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force will have ramifications for Arctic security: experts, Radio Canada International

Norway: Norway’s foreign minister travels to Russia to assure Arctic relations, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Moscow says NATO meeting in the Arctic is a provocation, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Sweden’s Prime Minister reaffirms commitment to country’s defense, Radio Sweden

United States: Russian bombers spotted outside Alaska…again, Alaska Public Media

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Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media

Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media

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