accuses UK of ‘deliberate provocation’


The Protection Ministry says the British Air Pressure lodged a request to permit a reconnaissance aircraft to fly over Russia

Britain’s Royal Air Pressure is finishing up a provocative motion in Russian airspace, the Protection Ministry in Moscow has warned. The assertion got here after the UK requested permission for a reconnaissance aircraft to fly over Russian territory.

On Tuesday, Russian army officers revealed {that a} “request has been lodged by the UK for the passing of a British reconnaissance aircraft RC-135 alongside a route which matches over the territory of the Russian Federation, amongst different nations.

The ministry emphasised that it deemed “this motion to be a deliberate provocation.

The assertion went on to say that the Russian Air Pressure had been tasked with stopping any “violation of the Russian Federation’s airspace.

Moscow additionally identified that “all potential penalties” of the deliberate reconnaissance flight would “relaxation solely with the UK.

The Russian Protection Ministry’s warning comes arduous on the heels of one other incident involving a British reconnaissance plane.

On Monday, army officers in Moscow claimed that an RC-135 surveillance jet – the identical mannequin because the one talked about in Britain’s newest passage request – had entered Russian airspace within the Barents Sea close to the town of Murmansk and main bases of the nation’s Navy’s Northern Fleet. A Russian MiG-31BM interceptor pressured the intruder to depart Russian airspace.

This was the primary identified incursion of NATO plane into Russian territory since Russia launched its army operation in Ukraine in late February.

Earlier that month, Moscow claimed {that a} US submarine had entered Russian waters and was subsequently chased off close to the Kuril Islands within the northern Pacific – which the Pentagon denied on the time.

In response to Moscow’s estimates, in 2021 alone, the variety of reconnaissance flights by NATO plane rose by over 30%.

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