Russian fighter jets fly with U.S. reconnaissance aircraft in the Black Sea
2021-12-04 10:45:59Source: China News Network
China News Agency, Moscow, December 4 (Reporter Tian Bing) The National Defense Management Center of the Russian Ministry of Defense issued a statement on the 3rd stating that two fighter planes from the southern Russian military region flew two US reconnaissance planes over the Black Sea on the same day.
Rata News Agency, RIA Novosti and others quoted news from the National Defense Management Center of the Russian Ministry of Defense as saying that on the same day, the Russian air defense radar detected that an unidentified target in the Black Sea was approaching the Russian border. In order to identify aerial targets and prevent them from infringing on Russian borders, the air defense forces of the Southern Russian Military Region deployed one Su-30 and one Su-27 fighter into the air. The Russian fighter crew identified the air targets as the US RC-135 strategic reconnaissance aircraft and the CL-600 ARTEMIS electronic warfare reconnaissance aircraft, and accompanied them on the Black Sea.
According to sources, after the US military plane moved away from the Russian border, the Russian fighter plane returned to the base safely. Russian fighter planes strictly abide by the rules for the use of international airspace during the flight. The statement also stated that Russia will never allow violations of the Russian border.
Recently, the United States and NATO have conducted frequent military activities in the Black Sea region. Russian Defense Minister Shoigu said last month that the Russian military has recorded a significant increase in the activities of various U.S. fighters arriving near the Russian border. Recently, it was only 20 kilometers away from the Russian border. The Russian military has recorded about 30 U.S. fighter jets arriving near the Russian border in the past month, which is 2.5 times that of the same period last year.