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Russia, US, Turkey and EU have military tensions that border Middle East

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The Jerusalem Post

Russia, US, Turkey and EU have military tensions that border Middle East

Major powers are now seeking confrontation globally and the borders of the Middle East are one place that they are pushing up against one another, like tectonic plates.

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN

A convergence of incidents has seen both the US and Russia carry out jet interceptions with each other, while Turkey and its adversaries in the Mediterranean conduct military drills.

The messages are clear: Major powers are now seeking confrontation globally and the borders of the Middle East are one place that they are pushing up against one another, like tectonic plates.

Recently the US flew B-52 bombers over Ukraine and skirted Russian-controlled territory in Crimea and elsewhere. This came after Russia intercepted American B-52s over the Black and Baltic seas in late August. The interceptions of the B-52 Stratofortress bombers took place as the US is trying to reassure NATO of its commitment.

NATO has also had tensions with Russia after condemning the alleged poisoning of a dissident. The reports in August said that a Russian fighter even violated the airspace of a NATO nation – apparently Denmark.

Full story https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/russia-us-turkey-and-eu-have-military-tensions-that-border-middle-east-641179