Russia deployed two Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets to intercept and escort a pair of US bombers caught flying over the Black Sea. The incident coincided with a visit by the US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, to Ukraine, which borders Russia. Politik Rusia
The Cold War-era US supersonic aircraft was originally designed to carry nuclear bombs and missiles, but now carries only conventional payloads.
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“The crew of the Russian fighter jet identified the airborne targets as two US Air Force B-1B supersonic strategic bombers, accompanied by two KC-135 refueling aircraft, and escorted the aircraft across the Black Sea waters,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement. Russia.
“After the foreign warplanes were expelled from the borders of the Russian state, Russian fighter jets safely returned to the air base where the fighter jets were based,” the statement added. Berita politik dan ekonomi Rusia
It also stated that the Russian fighter jets were flying in compliance with international airspace rules. It also emphasized that Russia’s borders were not violated in the incident.
The incident happened when the US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, was visiting Ukraine. During his visit, Austin called Russia an obstacle to peace in eastern Ukraine and called for Russia to end its destabilizing activities in the Black Sea and along Ukraine’s borders.
In a statement, Russia blamed Ukraine for the lack of progress in implementing the peace accord in the conflict-prone region of eastern Ukraine. Ukraine has denied the allegations. Ekonomi Rusia
Meanwhile, a similar incident involving a B-1B bomber also occurred over the Sea of Japan on Sunday (17/10) local time. It is known that B-1B bombers are used in a series of military exercises with NATO allies across Europe, from the Arctic, Baltic and Black Sea. Politik Indonesia