More than 10 times American strategic bombers approached the Russian borders in the area of responsibility of the Baltic Fleet in 2020. This was announced by the commander of the Baltic Fleet of the Russian Navy, Admiral Alexander Nosatov, in an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper on December 7.
According to him, in just a year, more than a thousand reconnaissance sorties were recorded near the Russian western border. In 2019, that number was down by about 150 departures. In addition, US bombers approached the border more than 10 times. Moreover, in 2019 there were only two such cases.
The admiral also noted that for the first time ever, strategic bombers made group flights in 2020. Nosatov added that the Baltic sky is protected round the clock by a fighter regiment armed with Su-27 aircraft and an air defense unit armed with S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile systems.
On November 28, it was reported that a Russian Su-27 fighter was climbing to intercept a US Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea.
On October 26, the Su-27 flew to intercept the French Mirage-2000 fighter-bombers over the Black Sea. Radar stations of the Southern Military District recorded French military aircraft approaching the Russian borders. When foreign warplanes turned away from the Russian state border, the Su-27 returned safely to the home airfield.
The Russian Defense Ministry regularly records the activity of NATO military aircraft near Russian borders. In September, the British newspaper The Times wrote that the British military deliberately increased intelligence activities near the Russian borders in order to study the “enemy.”