Russia deploys nuclear bombers to Crimea after US rolls out missile defense systems on Putin’s doorstep
VLADIMIR Putin is sending squadrons of strategic nuclear bombers to Crimea after the US took over missile defence systems on his doorstep.
The Kremlin is to station Tu-22M3 bombers at Gvardeyskoye air base – within a hour’s striking distance of NATO’s military set-up in Romania.
Moscow’s defence ministry had earlier asked President Trump to destroy his MK-41 missile defence systems to comply with a historic nuclear pact.
However the US-led NATO alliance, who took control of the system in 2016, insists it is needed to defend against rogue states and terror groups.
But the scheme has angered Russia, incensed by the show of force by its former Cold War rival in what was once communist Eastern Europe.
As part of the defence shield the Pentagon switched on the £600m site in Deveselu, Romania in 2016, which clearly put Putin’s nose out of joint.
The full shield also includes dozens of ships and radars across Europe, with command and control run from an isolated US air base in Germany.