Russians and Americans – level 1

18-04-2016 15:00

An American warship is in the Baltic Sea. Two Russian warplanes fly past the warship. They fly only 9 metres above it. They do this 11 times.

The planes have no weapons on them. However, the White House says that this is an act of aggression. The Americans try to contact the planes. But the pilots say nothing.

A former American soldier talks about the situation. He says that things like this happen often. He thinks that Russians wanted to see the warship. He thinks that maybe they took pictures of it, too.

Difficult words: weapon (something like a bomb or a gun), act of aggression (doing something aggressive – something like an attack), former (-ex).

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