The defense ministers of Russia and the United States, Sergei Shoigu and Lloyd Austinheld telephone conversations on Wednesday after Russian planes intercepted a US drone over the Black Sea.
After the conversation, Austin gave a press conference together with the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, Mark Milleyin which he assured that the North American power will continue to fly “where permitted by international law”.
As battles between Ukrainian troops and Russian forces continued in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin and Washington traded blame for Tuesday’s incident, which took place in international airspace near territory Russia claims it has annexed from Ukraine.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaking at a news conference on Wednesday during an official visit to Ethiopia, described the incident as “reckless” and “unsafe.”
But Washington also seemed to want to calm things down.. State Department spokesman Ned Price, speaking to msnbcHe said the incident was likely an unintentional act by Russia.
The US military said two Russian Su-27 fighter jets had approached one of its MQ-9 Reaper drones on a reconnaissance mission over international waters. The fighters harassed the drone and sprayed fuel on it before one of them severed the drone’s propeller, causing it to crash into the sea.
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