The Russian ambassador to the United States said that American aircraft “have nothing to do near the Russian border”
A Russian diplomat said that an American Reaper drone over the Black Sea allegedly posed a threat to Russia.
Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov, after the incident with the downing of the American MQ-9 Reaper drone over the Black Sea, said that his country did not want a “confrontation” with the States, and that American aviation should stay away from the “Russian border”.
It is reported by CNN.
“The Russian Federation is not interested in confrontation. The Russian side is interested in pragmatic relations with the United States for the benefit of both the Russian and American people,” he said.
According to the Russian ambassador, the Ministry of Defense of any country could have reacted in this way “to the threat of such a threat appearing along its borders.”
Antonov said that “in our opinion, American aircraft have nothing to do near the Russian border.”
The Russian diplomat also expressed the opinion that the actions of the Russian pilots were professional, and “there were no contacts, our fighters did not use a single weapon.”
Russian fighter jet collides with US drone over the Black Sea
On Tuesday evening, March 14 , a Russian fighter jet collided with an American drone over the Black Sea.
One of the Russian planes, according to the statement, hit the MQ-9 propeller, causing the US Air Force to sink its own drone.
According to the defense department of the Russian Federation, the American drone flew “in the direction of the state border of the Russian Federation” with transponders turned off “in violation of the borders of the region of the temporary regime for the use of airspace.”
In connection with the collision of a U.S. Reaper drone with a Russian Su-27 aircraft, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov 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.