Hours before Joe Biden made his “iHeart Russia‘ comments, Russian warships attempted to provoke the United States as Russia conducted its largest military exercise since the Cold War.
Russian Warships Tries To Provoke US, Air Force Responds
Russian ships off the coast of Hawaii, sent the US Air Force scrambling hours before President Biden was to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The exercises, conducted by the Russian navy in the Pacific Ocean 300 to 500 miles west of Hawaii, include long-range bombers, surface ships, and anti-submarine aircraft.
The US Air Force scrambled F-22 stealth fighters from Hawaii in response to the exercises.
The bombers, US officials said Tuesday, did not enter the Air Defense Identification Zone and were not intercepted.
The exercises come on the heels of Biden’s highly anticipated summit with Putin Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland.
Joe Biden ‘iHeart Russia’ Comments
Much has been made about the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders during Biden’s presidency, especially given the tense state of US-Russia relations.
Biden on Monday walked back his previous description of Putin as “a killer” — calling him “bright,” “tough” and a “worthy adversary” ahead of their upcoming summit meeting.
During a news conference at the annual NATO meeting in Brussels Biden was asked a question about whether he thought the former KGB agent [Putin] was still “a killer.”
Biden started saying ‘I believe that’ then looked as if whatever still remains of his cognitive abilities froze up.
After Biden’s brain rebooted he went on to say that he answered “honestly” last year and then claimed ‘I don’t think it matters much‘ that Putin was a killer.
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