MOSCOW: Russian and Chinese bombers flew a joint patrol mission about the Western Pacific on Tuesday in a exhibit of ever more close armed service ties concerning Moscow and Beijing.
The Russian military said that a pair of its Tu-95 strategic bombers and four Chinese H-6K bombers flew around the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea.
The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the joint mission was supposed to “develop and deepen the detailed Russia-China partnership, even more improve the degree of cooperation among the two militaries, develop their capacity for joint motion and bolster strategic balance.”
The ministry included that the patrol flight “wasn’t directed versus any third nations around the world.” Tuesday’s mission was the next this kind of flight considering that a July 2019 patrol around the identical area.
It follows Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assertion in Oct that the thought of a future Russia-China military services alliance cannot be ruled out — a sign of deepening military cooperation involving Moscow and Beijing amid increasing tensions in their relations with the United States.
Until that second, Russia and China had hailed their “strategic partnership,” but turned down any chat about the probability of their forming a army alliance. Putin also mentioned in Oct that Russia has been sharing very delicate armed service technologies with China that helped drastically bolster its defense ability.
Russia has sought to produce stronger ties with China as its relations with the West sank to post-Cold War lows around Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and other problems.