Just a few weeks before the CCP decided to send their balloon into US airspace, guess what the Russians were up to?
Russia, a nation that has been not-so-subtly targeting the rest of the world for covert annihilation over the course of the last several decades, is now being helmed by a certified madman in Vladimir Putin. A recent suggestion that their impending loss in Ukraine could trigger a nuclear war tells us all that we need to know about that.
But now, in news that is both chilling and infuriating, the US military believes that a Russian ship stalking the Hawaiian islands may be gathering covert intelligence.
The US Coast Guard said Wednesday it has been monitoring a Russian ship located near the Hawaiian Islands for weeks.
The USCG announced in a bulletin it has been watching the vessel, which is believed to be an “intelligence gathering ship.”
“As part of our daily operations, we track all vessels in the Pacific area through surface and air assets and joint agency capabilities,” Cmdr. Dave Milne, the Coast Guard’s chief of external affairs, said in a statement.
Foreign military vessels may travel freely through US waters, but “foreign-flagged military vessels have often been observed operating and loitering” in the Coast Guard’s “area of response,” the statement said.
This isn’t the first time in recent months that Russia’s loitering has been concerning.
In May, the US Indo-Pacific Command said it was monitoring a Russian vessel near Hawaii. A retired Marine lieutenant colonel told KHON at the time that the Soviet Union used to send intelligence ships to loiter near Hawaii during the Cold War.
“The tactics, techniques, and procedures that we saw the Soviets doing back in the Cold War seem to be resurfacing again under the Russian banner,” Lt. Colonel Hal Kempfer said. “This looks like one of those issues that I would point to Russian intelligence ships potentially off the shore of Hawaii.”
So apparently the CCP can monitor us from the sky and the Russians are doing it by sea.