Joe Biden sends B-1 nuke bombers to Russian doorstep in powerful message to Putin after fiery first phone call
JOE Biden is sending B-1 nuke bombers to Russia's dorrstep in a powerful message to Vladimir Putin.
Four B-1s and 200 Americans stationed at Dyess Air Force in Texas are being deployed to Orland Air Base in Norway.
The base puts the US Air force on the edge of Russian airspace and around 1,379 miles from Moscow.
Within the next three weeks, missions are expected to begin in the Arctic Circle and in international airspace off northwestern Russia.
Until now US missions over the Arctic had been staged out of the UK.
The move to Norway shows the US wil be to react quickly in case of Russian aggression.
Norway deployment has been in the works for some time as bomber missions take weeks to plan, reports CNN.
President Biden has already made clear he is planning to adopt a different, much tougher approach to Russia than his predecessor, Donald Trump.
The US president had his first call with the Russian president last month.
After agreeing to extend the New START Treaty for five years, he said in a statement last week: "I made it clear to President Putin, in a manner very different from my predecessor, that the days of the United States rolling over in the face of Russia’s aggressive actions, interfering with our elections, cyberattacks, poisoning its citizens, are over.
"We will not hesitate to raise the cost on Russia and defend our vital interests and our people.
"And we will be more effective in dealing with Russia when we work in coalition and coordination with other like-minded partners."
Biden continued by raising the issue of the "politically motivated" jailing of Alexei Navalny and calling for his release.
He said: "Mr. Navalny, like all Russian citizens, is entitled to his rights under the Russian constitution.
"He’s been targeted for exposing corruption. He should be released immediately and without condition".
The Defense Department has been concerned about Russia's moves in the Arctic area as it might be attempting to shut off access to natural resources and maritime access.
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