Crossing the Line

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In the past years, the United States and Russia have been having close encounters. The number of encounters have ramped up dramatically since the Cold War. These close encounters often occur in the Baltic Sea. Due to these skirmishes one can wonder what could happen in the future between these two powerful countries. A spokesman from the Pentagon named Jeff Davis stated, “There have been repeated incidents over the past year where Russian aircraft have come close enough to other air and sea traffic to raise serious safety concerns.” Last Tuesday, two Russian fighter jets flew within 30 feet of the USS Donald Cook, which is one of America’s most technologically advanced naval ship. The USS Cook was sailing 70 miles from the Kaliningrad, a Russian military port.

If a Russian pilot lost focus for a split second and accidently hit a U.S ship, a grim war could follow. The Russian’s decision to do such a thing aggravated many U.S officials including John Kerry. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia to be careful saying that next time the Russian fighter jets could be shot down. There have been various opinions regarding the U.S’s decision not to fire at the two jets. Multiple military officials agreed with the conservative decision and said the USS Cook demonstrated “extreme professionalism” and “extreme restraint”.

Due to these constant unsafe aerial maneuvers performed by Russia, one may ask what is Vladimir Putin’s motive to do so? One conclusion is that Putin is playing domestic politics. With these risky actions, Putin is able to show the world that Russia is powerful and deserves respect. Additionally, Putin exhibits that Russia is not afraid to deal with many countries including the U.S. This recent risky behavior definitely stirred further tension up between the two international juggernauts. Looking into the future can be quite scary and intriguing. If these daunting acts persist, one can only ask if there will be bloodshed in this conflicting facade.

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Antonio Banson is a 17 year old from Hopkinton, MA and is a member of the Class of 2018 at St. Mark's School in Southborough, MA. He plans to expand his start up business and pursue his dreams in becoming a doctor. In addition, he plans to be an owner of multiple businesses worldwide. He takes his academics seriously and takes advantage of creating a strong network of business partners. Antonio is looking very bright and he is looking to help out his community in anyway he can. He has done a great amount of volunteer work at the Senior Center in Hopkinton, Habitat for Humanity, and End Hunger New England. Antonio enjoys playing basketball and golf for his school as well as assisting others with academic help or technology assistance. Additionally, he is the Editor in chief of his school's newspaper. Also, you can always find him in church on Sunday mornings. By being a journalist, Antonio will inform others about pressing topics and provide different perspectives on issues surrounding our world today.

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