The US will conduct reconnaissance flights in the Black Sea after the sale of the MQ-9 Reaper


The US will conduct reconnaissance flights in the Black Sea after the sale of the MQ-9 Reaper

A Russian Su-27 aircraft over the Black Sea collided with an American MQ-9 Reaper drone, causing the drone to crash. At the same time, the United States stated that they would continue flights in this region, despite what had happened.

According to the media, the collision of an American drone and a Russian fighter jet occurred 120 kilometers from the temporarily occupied Crimea. Subsequently, at a press conference, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said that this would not be an obstacle to further flights.

US military aircraft will fly over the Black Sea

According to Kirby, the Russian military could well have the task of colliding with the MQ-9 Reaper to signal the United States that it should allegedly refuse to fly over the waters of this sea in Europe. However, in this case, Moscow's plan failed, since Washington does not intend to stop flying operations, including reconnaissance ones.

This will not happen (cessation of flights – Channel 24). We continue to fly and operate in international airspace over international waters. The Black Sea does not belong to only one state, Kirby stated.

Note! US Department of Defense spokesman Pat Ryder noted that the actions of the Russian military are very unprofessional and dangerous.

It should be understood that the American drone did not violate any international norms. Moreover, he was in international airspace and had the right to perform intelligence functions.

Russian Ambassador summoned to State Department

  • Recall that this incident was also commented on by a high-ranking NATO commander, General Christopher Cavoli. He noted that shortly after the collision of the Su-27 with the MQ-9 Reaper and the fall of the drone, the Russian ambassador in Washington was summoned to the US State Department.
  • At the same time, it is known that the US military, who were in charge of the UAV at the time of the collision with the Russian fighter, were forced to make a decision about crashing the drone. Essentially, this is because the propeller of the drone has been damaged.
  • In addition, it should be said that Russia was unable to find the wreckage of the damaged MQ-9 Reaper. Probably, Washington will do everything to ensure that this never happens.

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