Russia has once again taunted the United States after the former’s jet reportedly came within 10 feet of a U.S. spy plane. Consequently, Defense Secretary Ash Carter reiterated that while the United States does not want war with Russia, it will defend itself accordingly. Will Russia provoke the U.S. into a new World War?
Russia Taunts US
According to two U.S. defense officials, a Russian jet fighter was involved in an “unsafe and unprofessional” intercept of a U.S. spy plane over the Black Sea. Specifically, the aircraft came within 10 feet (3.05 meters) of the U.S. aircraft.
The incident came amidst ongoing tensions between U.S. and Russia. According to reports, the incident will likely contribute to the conflict as the two nations remain at odds with the situations in Ukraine and Syria.
“They’re up there for 12 hours and there are lots of interactions. But only one of the incidents was what the pilot determined was unsafe,” Reuters quoted an official who was not authorized to speak publicly.
According to the Russian defense ministry, it deployed Su-27s on Wednesday to intercept a U.S. aircraft near its border by the Black Sea, because the responders of the U.S. planes were turned off. Russia clarified that they need to identify the aircrafts.
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America Ready for War
Additionally, Defense Secretary Carter recently said that countries like Russia who are “playing by their own rules” are testing the “principle international order.” The official called out Russia’s aggression in Ukraine including its “unprofessional behavior” in the air, space and cyberspace as well nuclear saber-rattling.
“Let me be clear. The United States does not seek a cold, let alone a hot war with Russia. We don’t seek an enemy in Russia. But also make no mistake, we will defend our allies, the principle international order and the positive future it affords us,” CNS news quoted Carter on how the U.S. plans to deal with Russia.
“We will counter attempts to undermine our collective security and will not ignore attempts to interfere with our democratic (voting) processes.”