New Delhi: Russia’s ambassador to the United States Anatoly Ivanovich Antonov on Wednesday called on Washington to stop “hostile” flights near his country’s border, after an American drone was intercepted by Russian fighters over the Black Sea, as reported by the news agency AFP. “We assume that the United States will refrain from further speculation in the media and stop flights near Russian borders,” ambassador Anatoly Antonov wrote on Telegram, as quoted by AFP. “We consider any action with the use of US weaponry as openly hostile.”
#UPDATE Russia’s ambassador to US calls on Washington to stop “hostile” flights near his country’s border, after an American drone was intercepted by Russian fighters over the Black Sea.
“We consider any action with the use of US weaponry as openly hostile” pic.twitter.com/fErOtnixgg
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) March 15, 2023
Calling the manoeuvre “reckless” US military said, a Russian fighter jet on Tuesday dumped fuel on an American drone over the Black Sea and then collided with it. The collision caused the drone to crash, it added.
US European Command said two Russian Su-27 fighters intercepted the unmanned MQ-9 Reaper over international waters and one clipped its propeller, as reported by AFP.
Earlier on Tuesday, Russia’s defence ministry said it scrambled fighter jets following the detection of a US drone over the Black Sea but denied causing it to crash. The defence ministry in Moscow said it detected an American MQ-9 drone “over the waters of the Black Sea in the area of the Crimean peninsula” flying “towards the Russian state border”, AFP reported.