pentagon buildingsaid that when an American unmanned reconnaissance aircraft was carrying out a mission in the Black Sea on the morning of the 14th,RussiaThe fighter intercepted it but collided with it, and finally the American plane crashed into the Black Sea. This is the first direct conflict between the US and Russia in more than a year of the Russo-Ukrainian war. Washington warned that such provocations could lead to action. Miscalculations and leads to escalation of conflict. Accused.
near the black seaukraineIn the war zone, Russia is stepping up its offensive to control southeastern Ukraine; White House National Security Council strategic communications coordinator John Kirby (John Kirby) said that the Russian Air Force has conducted similar interception operations in recent weeks, and the aerial encounter between the United States and Russia was not without incident, But collisions are quite rare, and the first time a US drone has crashed, he accused the Russian side of being unsafe, unprofessional and reckless.
The Pentagon said a US Army MQ-9 Reaper unmanned reconnaissance aircraft that took off from Romania was performing a routine reconnaissance mission in international airspace. A Russian plane flew over the drone and dumped fuel on it and then flew away. Then the second Russian plane flew away. The aircraft tried to do the same but collided, causing damage to the propeller of the drone. In the end, the US military chose to shoot down the drone in the Black Sea.
The US military said the incident occurred at 7:30 am local time; The Wall Street Journal reported that the crash site was 50 miles southwest of the Crimean peninsula, and that the drone crashed into the sea 10 miles southwest of the incident.
Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder said shortly afterwards two Russian warplanes landed in Russian-controlled Crimea, and one of the Sukai-27s appeared to be operational despite being damaged.
Moscow protests allegations that the drone shot off its launcher and flew over the Black Sea near the Crimean peninsula, heading towards Russia’s “national border” before the Russian military responded; The Russian fighter plane did not fire and denied contact with the US. Due to improper operation of the military drone, the drone collided and crashed.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) said that the key question is Russia’s intentions. Is it to disrupt the operation of the US drone, or to shoot it down? The US military said these dangerous actions could lead to miscalculations and unintended escalation.
Defense officials criticized the incident as “juvenile” and blamed it on a Russian pilot; The crashed drone captured footage of the incident that the US military is considering releasing.
Ryder declined to elaborate on the drone’s mission and how it retrieved the wreckage.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the US military said that after Russia invaded Ukraine in late February last year, Turkey controlled the Bosporus Strait at the southern entrance to the Black Sea and banned warships from sailing into the Black Sea. Gave.
White House National Security Advisor Sullivan briefed US President Joe Biden on the latest developments, in addition, the US State Department instructed Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov and the US Ambassador to Russia to inform all messages to the Russian Foreign Ministry. Urgently summoned Tracy (Lynn Tracy). Accused Russia of unsafe and unprofessional interception.
Russian state media reported that Antonov told Karen Donfried, the US State Department’s assistant secretary for European affairs, that Russia viewed the US drone action as a provocation and that Moscow was not seeking conflict with Washington.
Antonov told CNN that he is doing his best to avoid accidental confrontations or incidents between Russia and the United States. US officials have expressed their concern, as has Russia. The two sides have exchanged views on this, and there are differences of opinion between the two sides.
Antonov told CNN what would the US do if a Russian drone came close to New York or San Francisco?