Putin the Perfect
Russian Fighter Jets Menacing NATO Drills

Russian fighter jets and ships threatened NATO forces this week during annual exercises in international Baltic waters. Military.com has more:

“During our formations shortly after we left port, we had some company from Russian ships shadowing us, and about mid-afternoon we were overflown by two Russian jets. They looked like Su-24s,” U.S. 6th Fleet commander, Vice Adm. James Foggo, told reporters June 8. “They made a few passes and then a couple of Russian Corvettes came up on either side of the formation as we were conducting our exercises — nothing untoward, just showing interest and showing that they know we are here.” […]

Exercises are taking place in Poland, Sweden and Germany as well as various parts of the Baltic Sea. Approximately 5,600 ground, naval and air forces are involved in a wide range of NATO operations to include amphibious landings, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare air defense and inter-member communication exercises.

The vice admiral’s calm and collected response is admirable, but Russia’s menacing of NATO forces, not to mention its incursions into others’ airspace and its close calls with civilian aircraft, are a real danger. And they demonstrate just how severely and how quickly the Russian relationship with the west has deteriorated.

But Vladimir Putin is convinced, of course, that worsening relations are not his fault. When asked by an Italian newspaper if he had any regrets, he replied, “I’ll be totally frank with you. I cannot recollect anything of the kind. It appears that the Lord built my life in a way that I have nothing to regret.”

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