The media and Canada's defense minister seem to be making a big deal about the Canadian air force "intercepting" a Russian long-range strategic bomber near Canadian airspace. The primary point everyone is making is that the incident happened less than 24-hours before U.S. President Obama visited Ottawa on February 19. Russian authorities, of course, claim this was a scheduled exercise and all countries along the plane's flight-path were appropriately notified. While Defense Minister Peter Mackay labeled the incident a "strong coincidence", a Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson called the flight "routine" and Mackay's statement a "farce." Since Russia took its strategic bombers out of mothballs in September 2007, these run-ins have become increasingly more common.