Australian air force put on alert after Russian long-range bombers headed south Russian aircraft make a flight from Amur region to Indonesia within international visit : Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation In some ways a non-story as all the operations appear to have been carried out with strict adherence to international law. In other ways, most definitely a story of interest as Russia makes a show of extending their influence militarily into the Asian Pacific with the help of Indonesia. Russia appears to be looking for and making friends in its bid for further influence. The story also makes reference to significant military help to Fiji, which isn’t going to come without strings attached. Australia isn’t going to be that happy about long range bombers with nuclear capabilities being stationed within range of its territory. Russia is going to be happy with getting a foothold into the burdgeoning Asia-Pacific economy.