The Russian defence minister instructed the Pentagon chief on Wednesday that Washington’s “elevated” intelligence gathering towards Russia had led to a drone incident, Moscow stated.
America on Tuesday accused Russia of forcing down one in all its Reaper surveillance drones over the Black Sea by a collision with a Russian Su-27 warplane.
Russia denies that it intentionally introduced the drone down.
It was the primary such incident between Moscow and Washington since President Vladimir Putin despatched troops to Ukraine in February 2022.
On Wednesday, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu instructed US Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin that “elevated intelligence actions towards the pursuits of the Russian Federation” and “non-compliance with the restricted flight zone” declared by Moscow attributable to its marketing campaign in Ukraine had led to the incident, the defence ministry stated in a press release.
The ministry in Moscow additionally warned that it will react “proportionately” to any future US “provocations”.
“Flights of American strategic unmanned aerial automobiles off the coast of Crimea are provocative in nature, which creates pre-conditions for an escalation of the scenario within the Black Sea zone,” the ministry stated.
“Russia will not be desirous about such a improvement of occasions, however it would proceed to reply proportionately to all provocations.”
Individually, the Russian army’s chief of the Normal Employees Valery Gerasimov spoke to Mark Milley, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Employees, the defence ministry stated in a separate assertion.
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