Europe Russia's flights over Europe: How much bark, how much bite?

NATO says it has seen an 'unusual level of air activity over European airspace,' involving 19 Russian bombers and fighters on Wednesday alone. But the flights are more message than menace, experts say.

By , Correspondent

Norwegian NATO QRA Bodø/Handout/Reuters

Large numbers of Russian warplanes scarcely seen in European airspace since the cold war's end are suddenly setting off alarms all along Black Sea and Atlantic coasts, NATO alleged Wednesday. NATO says the planes performed extended maneuvers that often involve several aircraft and skirt close to national boundaries.