Russians Hot for Cold War Habit

Nuclear-capable bombers again tweaking US, NATO forces
Lt.-Gen. Igor Khvorov, the chief of staff for the Russian air force staff speaks at a news conference in Moscow on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Russia's air force has revived the Soviet-era practice of flying to areas policed by NATO and the US, Reuters reports. A Tu-95 bomber "exchanged smiles" today with American pilots who raced to track it as it flew over Guam. As during the Cold War, Russian officials called the incident a routine flexing of military muscle.

The bomber fleet, a mainstay of Russia's long-range nuclear arsenal, has enjoyed increased funding with the country in an economic boom under President Vladimir Putin. A Russian general said the West would have to come to terms with his country's military resurgence, terming the mission "business as usual."