Putin pokes the West with massive news outlet launch, bomber flights

November 13, 2014 4:22 PM

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Putin pokes the West with massive news outlet launch, bomber flights

Russian President Vladimir Putin, fresh off a public relations win at an Asian summit, gave a double poke to the Obama administration, authorizing bomber flights in the Gulf of Mexico and launching a glitzy global radio and web broadcast network to spread the word of Moscow.

A senior U.S. military official said Russia has not previously flown actual bomber patrols over the Gulf of Mexico, including during the Cold War.

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