Mar 15, 2023
By Jane Brown
A war of words is developing between the U.S. and Russia over an international incident.
(In this 2015 photo, an MQ-9 Reaper flies during a training mission at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. ISAAC BREKKEN/GETTY IMAGES)
The U.S. military says a Russian warplane struck the propeller of a U.S. drone over the Black Sea on Tuesday, forcing the unmanned aircraft to be brought down in international waters.
U.S. Brigadier General Patrick Ryder, with the U.S. Department of Defense, says because of the damage to the drone they were in a position where they had to crash it into the Black Sea.
“To my knowledge at this point in time, the Russians have not recovered that aircraft. But again, in terms of our recovery efforts, we don’t have any updates to provide now,” Ryder said on Tuesday.
In response, Russian Ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, says his country doesn’t want any confrontation with the U.S.
“We prefer not to create a situation where we can face unintended incidents,” Antonov said.
The incident is being called “an unsafe and unprofessional intercept” by the U.S. European Command and “a brazen violation of international law” by the U.S. State Department.
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