The reason for this frank “nervousness” of the likely partners from Washington and Ottawa is not entirely clear, because they usually react to such (ordinary) flights much more restrained. And they are already used to flying Russian strategic aviation not only over the Arctic Ocean, but also over the Atlantic. For example, recently we Reportedhow two Tu-160 flew to Venezuela.
It should be noted that the Tu-160 were in international airspace and did not fly into sovereign territory. At the same time, the Russian Ministry of Defense specified that two Tu-160s had completed a scheduled flight over the neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean, during which they refuel in the air. As it became known, the flight lasted more than 15 hours and passed over the Barents Sea, the Laptev Sea and the Kara Sea, in full accordance with the International Rules for the Use of Airspace.