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This Thursday, the Russian Ministry of Defense said that its Army planes intercepted two B-1B strategic bombers of the United States Air Force. According to the information provided to the media by the Russian authorities, this maneuver by the Americans did not have authorization from Moscow.
This occurs after the Black Sea incident occurred last March, when a Russian pilot was responsible for an American drone crashing into the sea, causing a new escalation in tensions between the United States and Russia. “Russian airspace control means detected two air targets over the Baltic Sea, approaching the state border of the Russian Federation“The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
Defense Ministry spokesman Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov explained to local media that the Russian fighters identified the air targets as two US Air Force B-1B strategic bombers. “In order to prevent violation of the state border, two Su-35 and Su-27p fighters of the air defense forces of the Western Military District of Russia took offadded General Konashenkov.
This is the second time in two days that Russia has reported the presence of two US B-1B bombers over the Baltic Sea near its borders. When the Black Sea incident occurred, the Russians claimed that the drone was on Crimean territory.which is considered part of its sovereignty since 2018.
In March, when the Black Sea incident occurred, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and his spokesman John Kirby, as well as Defense spokesman, They described the incident as an unsafe, reckless and unprofessional maneuver. “If the message is that they want to discourage us or avoid flying and operating in international airspace over the Black Sea, then that message will fail,” Kirby said.
With information from EFE
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