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A top Russian general says two nuclear-powered Russian attack submarines that have been spotted off the U.S. East Coast are part of regular patrols.

Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn, the deputy chief of staff of Russia's armed forces, says the patrols are not newsworthy.

Nogovitsyn said Russia resumed the submarine patrols after restarting strategic bomber patrol flights in 2007. U.S. Defense officials have said the Russian submarines have been patrolling in international waters for several days. While the activity was reminiscent of the Cold War, the U.S. officials said the submarines had done nothing to provoke any concern.

Nogovitsyn said the patrols were "a normal thing" and suggested that the U.S. also has submarines patrolling near Russia.

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