Interception by Russians of an American drone over the Black Sea is unique: White House statement
Russia's actions were dangerous, unprofessional and reckless, they say in Washington.
The United States is taking the necessary measures to ensure that the wreckage of the American MQ-9 Reaper drone, which was attacked by a Russian Su-27 over the Black Sea on March 14, does not fall into the wrong hands.
This was stated by the coordinator for strategic communications at the National Security Council at the White House John Kirby in a commentary to CNN.
According to him, the interception of American aircraft by Russian aircraft over the Black Sea is “not uncommon.”
Kirby says there have been other interceptions in recent weeks. But yesterday's incident is unique in how “dangerous, unprofessional and reckless” Russia's actions were.
According to a White House spokesman, the US “has taken steps to protect its property” on this particular drone.
“We clearly don't want anyone to get their hands on it but us,” Kirby said.
What is known about the collision of the Russian Su-27 with the US drone?
On March 14, a Russian Su-27 fighter attempted to intercept a U.S. MQ-9 drone in airspace over waters outside the Russian maritime area. One of the Russian planes, according to the statement, hit the MQ-9 propeller, causing the US Air Force to sink its own drone.
Two Russian Su-27 aircraft carried out a dangerous and unprofessional drone interception, according to a statement by the US Army European Command.
The US military, who followed the pursuit of the MQ-9 Reaper drone by Russian Su-27 fighters over the Black Sea, was shocked. Su-27s circled over the Reaper and poured fuel onto it in order to possibly flood the drone's cameras or damage its sensors.
In connection with the incident, the Russian ambassador to the United States was summoned to the State Department in Washington . His meeting with Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Karen Donfried lasted about half an hour.
The Russian ambassador, in turn, stated that his country did not want a “confrontation” with the United States and that American aviation should stay away “from the Russian border.”