The Cold War Returns?

I just saw in Aviation Week, the following article from earlier this month:

Two Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-16s on quick action alert this morning intercepted a pair of Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers flying in Dutch airspace without identifying themselves. As usual, the RNLAF fighters were guided by the Air Operations Control Station in Nieuw-Milligen.

Before the Dutch intercept, the Tu-95s were intercepted by Royal Danish Air Force F-16s. After leaving Dutch airspace, British Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons took over.

The Netherlands Ministry of Defense reports that the RNLAF has already scrambled three times this year to intercept Russian aircraft.

What’s going on here?

Of course, that’s a silly question because it’s obvious that Russia is testing EU air defenses. Which, of course, makes us wonder why they would think that such an action was necessary.

Remind you of anything?

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