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Conflict in the air for USA and Russia: A dangerous “blame game”

A new focus of tension broke out in the last 24 hours between USA and of Russia. THE shooting down the American drone in the Black Seain the “backyard” of Russia, is the first direct conflict between the two superpowers against the backdrop of war in Ukraine, fueling fears that a generalized conflict could erupt at any moment.

US Army European Command on Thursday released video from the involvement of the American MQ-9 Reaper drones and his Russian fighter Su-27which ended up with her US drone crash into the sea.

In the 40-second video, the Russian fighter appears to be approaching within a very short distance of the drone, even leaving fuel, a move that according to US officials, was aimed at causing damage to the US drone. Here is another maneuver of the Russian fighter that resulted to hit the tail of the drone and destroy its propeller, forcing the operators to throw it overboard.

THE General Mark Miley, Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, argued that it was clear that the interception and harassment of the drone by Russian aircraft was deliberate. However, it remains unclear whether the Russian pilots intended to shoot down the US aircraft – a move that could also endanger the Russian aircraft. But possibly they wanted to shoot it down without hitting it, thus avoiding being accused of attacking the US.

“What business was an American drone thousands of miles away from the US?”

However, Moscow’s message was clear: “The causes of the incident are non-compliance by the US with the no-fly zonewhich has been announced by Russia and which was established due to the conduct of the special military operation (in Ukraine), as well as due to the increase in the activities of (services) Intelligence against the interests of Russia,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu emphasized. highlighting the escalation of US espionage operations.

“Russia does not wish for such a turn of events, but will now react proportionally to any provocation”, he underlined. “What are they (including US drones) doing thousands of miles away from the US? The answer is obvious, they are collecting information that will later be used by the Kiev regime to attack our armed forces and our territory,” Russian officials emphasize, while the Americans insist that the Black Sea “is not a Russian lake” and is a “international waters” and “international airspace”.

On the “red” phone for de-escalation

After the incident there was direct communication of representatives of both sides. The US and Russian defense ministers they had an emergency telephone call, while there was contact of American general Mark Miley, chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, with his Russian counterpart Valery Gerasimov. The exact content of the talks has not been made public, but the aim was to de-escalate tensions that could lead to an immediate conflict between the US and Russia.

Who will pick up the debris?

A confrontation also broke out over who will retrieve the wreckage of the American drone from the bottom of the Black Sea. According to Reuters, an American official, who wished to remain anonymous, said that Russian ships immediately rushed to the crash site, but noted that they did not appear to have recovered parts of the drone yet.

Moscow has officially announced that wishes to recover its wreckagehowever, Washington emphasized that retrieval efforts will be quite difficult due to the great depth in this particular sea area. However, he clarified that operators managed to delete all sensitive informationwhich one could recover in possession of the drone wreckage.

Specifically, US National Security Advisor John Kirby, said: “Without going into too much detail, what I can say is that we have taken steps to protect valuable information related to this particular drone. It is the property of the United States. Obviously we don’t want to see anyone get their hands on it besides us.” According to Kirby the US would like to find the drone, but if Russia does “then their ability to exploit useful information will be greatly minimized”.

Source: News Beast

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