Pentagon, Russia War Of Words Persists Over Baltic Sea Close Call
Russia and the United States never seem to get on the good graces of each other even with the joint efforts on the Syrian ceasefire. Recently, Russia’s plane intercepted a US reconnaissance plane in the Baltic Sea which the West condemned, calling Moscow aggressive and erratic.Advertisement
The incident happened after Pentagon also called out Moscow for buzzing a US destroyer with one of its aircrafts. Danny Hernandez, a spokesman for European Command, said that the supposed “interception” happened last Thursday.
He told CNN that that the Russian jet “performed erratic and aggressive maneuvers” while flying over the U.S. aircraft’s wing tip around 50 feet from it.
“The unsafe and unprofessional actions of a single pilot have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries,” added Hernandez.
Pentagon further added that the organization is protesting the incident.
“We are protesting the incident with the Russian government,” said a Pentagon official to TASS via RT. However, Russia’s Defense Ministry refuted the claims. The ministry also said Pentagon was inaccurate with its assessment.
“On April 14, air defense forces detected over the Baltic ocean an unidentified aerial target rapidity approaching the Russian border. An Su-27 fighter jet was deployed by the Baltic Fleet to identify the target,” explained ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov.
“The flight of the Russian plane was in accordance with international standards for the use of airspace. No emergency situation occurred.”
The US is not the only country contesting Russia’s recent moves. In fact, a Polish official claimed recently that Moscow seems to be more of a dangerous threat to Europe over the terrorist group, ISIS.
“By all evidence, Russia’s activity is a sort of existential threat because this activity can destroy countries,” The Guardian quoted Poland’s foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski.
“We also have non-existential threats like terrorism, like the great waves of migrants,” he added.
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