“Putin's signal to raise rates” – Danilov about the downing of the MQ-9 Reaper by the Russians over the Black Sea
The incident with the American MQ-9 Reaper drone, provoked by Russia in the Black Sea, was noticed by Danilov.
The beating by the Russians of an American reconnaissance drone MQ-9 Reaper in neutral waters near the occupied Crimea is a signal from Russian dictator Vladimir Putin to the West, showing a willingness to raise the stakes.
This was stated by NSDC Secretary Alexei Danilov on his Twitter.
According to him, the incident with the American drone in the Black Sea was provoked by Russia. And this is Putin's signal.
“The incident with the American MQ-9 Reaper UAV, provoked by Russia in the Black Sea, is Putin's signal of readiness to expand the conflict zone with the involvement of other parties,” Danilov wrote.
Russian Su-27 collided with 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 struck the propeller of an MQ-9, causing the US Air Force to sink its own drone.
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.
The White House said the United States is taking the necessary measures to ensure that the wreckage of the MQ-9 Reaper drone does not fall into the wrong hands. Washington called yesterday's incident “unique” because of how “dangerous, unprofessional and reckless” Russia's actions were.
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.”