U.S. Says Russia's Bomber Flight Mission Over Gulf of Mexico Is 'Routine'

November 13, 2014 3:31 AM

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Russia said Wednesday it planned to send long-range bombers on flight patrols over North American waters, including the Gulf of Mexico, but the Pentagon played down Moscow's mission as routine training in international airspace.

The announcement by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu came just days after NATO singled out some Russian incursions into European airspace, including more complex formations of aircraft flying more "provocative" routes.

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