The appearance of a Russian spy ship off the East Coast has many Americans in the media and elsewhere on the mainland concerned. The ship was spotted lingering in the water Wednesday some 30 miles off the coast of Groton, Connecticut.
But the ocean isn't the only venue in which the Russian military has begun to flex its muscles. Below are five other recent examples of Russian provocation.
Two Russian jets buzz U.S. destroyer in 'simulated attack profile' - April 11, 2016In what looked to be a simulated attack, the USS Donald Cook was buzzed multiple times by two Russian aircrafts flying just 100 feet off the ground. Despite repeated attempts to hail the Russian aircrafts, no contact was made.
The Russian planes would make 20 total passes during the incident.
Who cares about a Russian boat in international water. The jet buzzing our ships is a different story.Put a weapons lock on them.— John P Jones (@JohnPJones64) February 15, 2017
Russian plane buzzing isn't a joke to some on social media.
Russian bombers tracked off the West Coast on Independence Day - July 4, 2016
On the same day that Vladimir Putin sent congratulations to the White House to mark the celebration of America's independence, the U.S. military was tracking Russian bombers off the coasts of California and Alaska.
The planes never entered American airspace, but the timing of Putin's message, coupled with the date, made officials at the Pentagon believe the Russian president was sending a message.
Russian jet flies within 10 feet of U.S. Navy plane - Sep. 7, 2016
A Russian jet over the Black Sea flew dangerously close to a U.S. naval plane on routine patrol in international airspace in September.
The Russians initially chalked the incident up to the American plane flying with its transponder turned off. U.S. officials, however, didn't buy that explanation, saying that Russian jets regularly fly without transponders turned on.
Russian aircraft buzzes U.S. Navy ships three times in a day - Feb. 10, 2017
Sound familiar? A Navy destroyer was buzzed three times in a day by a Russian jet while in the Black Sea (seems to be a theme). In each instance, the aircrafts were described as flying at an unusually low altitude, and sometimes at high speeds.
The Russian aircraft's transponders were not turned on during the incident (hmmmmm) and did not respond when the crew of the destroyer hailed them via radio.
News that Russian jets buzzed one of our ships. I would make it policy to shoot down any jet from any country that got too close.— gregkrehbiel (@gregkrehbiel) February 15, 2017
Yeah. People on Twitter really don't like Russian jets flying too close to American ships.
Russia deploys missile in violation of nuclear treaty - reported Feb. 14, 2017
The Russians don't even take Valentine's Day off. The Trump administration announced on Tuesday that the Russians had deployed a cruise missile in violation of a Cold-War era treaty.
The incident is expected to be discussed on Wednesday when Gen. James Mattis attends his first NATO meeting in Brussels.