SASKATOON, Saskatchewan (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, speaking after it emerged that a Russian bomber had flown toward Canada before U.S. President Barack Obama visited last week, said on Friday he was deeply worried about Moscow’s “increasingly aggressive” actions.
The long-range Bear bomber did not enter Canada’s Arctic airspace but Canadian CF-18 fighters had to order the plane to turn back. The incident took place less than 24 hours before Obama visited Ottawa on February 19.
“This is a real concern to us. I have expressed at various times the deep concern our government has with the increasingly aggressive Russian actions around the globe and into our airspace,” Harper told a news conference in the western province of Saskatchewan.
“We will defend out airspace … we will respond every time the Russians make any kind of intrusion on the sovereignty of Canada,” he said.