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The White House stressed Thursday that it does not view increasing military conflicts with Russia as a new Cold War, despite a new provocation involving Russian aircraft buzzing a U.S. ship.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest downplayed the incident by saying nothing serious escalated because both militaries were operating in international space.

Unlike "incursions on the sovereignty of other countries," such as Turkey and some Baltic States that the United States condemned, "this was a little bit different than that," Earnest said on Thursday. The incident in this case involved Russian planes that flew close to the USS Ronald Reagan while it engaged in a joint exercise with South Korea in the Sea of Japan on Tuesday.

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