Moscow views the incident involving a Russian Su-27 fighter jet and a U.S. navy drone over the Black Sea as provocation, Russia’s RIA state information company cited Anatoly Antonov, the Russian ambassador to the USA, as saying on Tuesday.
“We view this incident as a provocation,” Antonov stated after being summoned by the U.S. State Division.
The united statesmilitary MQ-9 surveillance drone crashed into the Black Sea on Tuesday after a Russian Su-27 jet struck its propeller, the Pentagon stated, the primary such incident since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine over a 12 months in the past.
Russia has denied that any contact was made and says the drone crashed after “sharp maneuvering”.
Antonov stated his assembly on the State Division was “constructive” and the problem of doable “penalties” for Moscow over the incident was not raised, RIA reported.
“As for us, we don’t want any confrontation between the USA and Russia. We’re in favour of constructing pragmatic relations for the good thing about the Russian and American peoples,” Antonov was quoted as saying.
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