© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Russian Su-27 navy plane dumps gas whereas flying by a U.S. Air Power MQ-9 “Reaper” drone over the Black Sea, March 14, 2023 on this nonetheless picture taken from handout video launched by the Pentagon. Courtesy of U.S. European Command/The P
(Reuters) – U.S. drone flights over the Baltic Sea are an indication of direct U.S. involvement in battle with Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying on Sunday.
Final week, a U.S. drone crashed into the ocean after being intercepted by Russian Su-27 fighter planes within the first recognized direct navy encounter between the 2 sides since Russia launched its conflict in Ukraine final 12 months.
“It’s fairly apparent what these drones are doing, and their mission is in no way a peaceable mission to make sure the protection of delivery in worldwide waters,” Interfax information company quoted Peskov as saying in a TV interview.
“And in reality, we’re speaking concerning the direct involvement of the operators of those drones within the battle, and towards us.”
America stated the Russian planes harassed the drone in Tuesday’s incident and sprayed gas on it earlier than one among them clipped its propeller and brought about it to crash whereas on a reconnaissance mission in worldwide airspace.
Russia stated the drone had violated airspace restrictions and misplaced management after manoeuvring sharply.
Russia’s defence minister has introduced awards to the airmen concerned in a pointed rejoinder to U.S. accusations that the incident confirmed recklessness and potential incompetence on the a part of the pilots.
Moscow says the US and its allies are utilizing Ukraine to wage conflict on it and inflict a “strategic defeat” on Russia. Washington says it’s serving to Ukraine to defend itself towards an unprovoked Russian invasion.