Russian submarines patrol off US west coast

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Russia has revived a Cold War military tradition by deploying nuclear-powered submarines close to the US coastline.

Two Akula class submarines have been patrolling 200 miles off the US east coast but remained just inside international waters, the Pentagon said.

The mission, the first of its kind for at least 15 years, recalled many underwater confrontations of the Cold War when the United States and the Soviet Union regularly stationed submarines off each other's coast to steal military secrets.

The deployment is the latest in a series of developments reminiscent of the Cold War. In the past two years, Russian bombers have resumed patrols in international airspace, forcing the Royal Air Force to scramble jets on dozens of occasions. Russian naval vessels have also conducted exercises close to the Bay of Biscay and the coast of Florida.

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