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Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s Comment On Air Incidents Above The Black Sea

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Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s Comment On Air Incidents Above The Black Sea

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The military activity of the United States and NATO member states along the perimeter of Russia’s borders, including military flights and dangerous manoeuvres by naval ships, continues to mount. The US military and its NATO allies have gone from attempts to test the strength of our border protection system to provocations against civilian aircraft, which jeopardises the safety of the airspace and puts human lives in danger.

In connection with these provocative actions, on December 8, the US Embassy in Moscow received a note of protest warning about the dangerous consequences of this reckless behaviour.

The note enumerates recent incidents which did not end in tragedy only due to sheer luck and the quick thinking of Russian pilots and air traffic controllers.

Thus, on the morning of December 3, the US Air Force CL-600 reconnaissance aircraft performed a flight over the open waters of the Black Sea near the area of responsibility of the Russian air traffic services and made a steep descent from an altitude of 11,000 m to an altitude of 9,200 m, having thus crossed the route reserved for civil aircraft. The crew failed to answer the airtraffic dispatchers’ repeated calls.

Thanks exclusively to the professionalism and discipline of our aviation services, which promptly gave a command to the pilots of an Aeroflot flight, whose route was crossed by the reconnaissance aircraft, a collision was prevented.

In the same hours and for the same reasons, a Maltese airliner flying from Sochi to Skopje narrowly escaped a collision. Later that day, December 3, Russian military aircraft scrambled to escort the US Air Force RC-135 strategic reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea.

We observe these dangerous situations on a regular basis.

Earlier, on October 6, as the note presented to the US Embassy says, ​​flight PSD093 performed by the Special Flight Detachment Rossiya en route from Anapa to Moscow, at 3:50 pm (Moscow time), when it was above the Black Sea coast between Anapa and Novorossiysk, detected an unidentified flying object that was flying straight ahead of it and failed to establish communication. It was identified as the UAV Reaper (MQ9AReaper) which is used by NATO for reconnaissance missions. To avoid a collision, the air controllers from the Rostov Regional Air Traffic Management Centre swiftly changed the Russian air carrier’s route.

On October 13 at 9:58 am (Moscow time), a US Air Force Boeing RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft got dangerously close to a Boeing 767-300 ER passenger aircraft operated by Azur Air airline which was flying from Ramenskoye Airport to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The incident took place in the area of responsibility of the aforementioned Rostov Centre. Given the circumstances, the air controllers instructed the pilots to make a steep descent in order to avoid a collision.

To reiterate, the unacceptable and dangerous activities of the aircraft operated by NATO member countries, with US and NATO military aircraft flying without radio communication or flight plans and failing to obtain air traffic control clearances, are fraught with serious risks to the safety of civil aircraft, which violates basic principles of international air navigation under the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation of 1944 and other international laws.

Reserving the right to respond to the corresponding challenges posed by the United States and NATO members, we call for a substantive dialogue on security guarantees and a discussion of pathways to reduce military and political tensions and to prevent dangerous incidents in the air and at sea. Otherwise, all the means at our disposal will be used to prevent and neutralise emerging threats.


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Gay US Chair Force aircrews will eventually cause a catastrophic collision while checking their FaceBerg pages, just like the US Gay Navy does at sea

Peppe il Sicario

Remember the Village People band and their 1980s signature fag anthem dedicated to the US Navy????

jens holm

I remeber the ones, which was against fx the Vietnam War too.

Gays are fine people. The have time to work hard, payh high tax and makes no children in contrast to my noisy neighbors. .

jens holm

You are from neaderthal:)


Obviously their trying to bring about a diplomatic incident where Moscow has to intervene first. Perhaps Moscow can use some dirty tricks in return :)

There really needs to be an incident where Moscow can kind of ‘tag and release’ them, where they’ve done something shameful, their held briefly to account, then let go. Then can use that to rightfully escalate for future incidents of a similar nature.

Kind of like embarrassing the enemy and showing how impotent they really are.


Further predicate to war.

Both sides need to disengage, de-conflict, and abide lines of actual control.

Let Russia and Germany further develop their economic ties. Europe’s appetite for gas will only increase. Ukraine will get to use its gas pipelines and NS 2 will be able to operate at capacity.

The Greta syndicate will not succeed in freezing mankind by forcing the abandonment of fossil fuels. Who doesn’t like a nice hot shower, or bright lights at night to read by?

There is so much more to be gained by cooperation. The bigger man will continue to invite both sides to enjoy a cooperative future.


Has the US devolved into trying to crash it’s “reconnaissance aircraft” into civilian airliners? Pathetic.

Dick Von Dast'Ard

U.S. Summit for Democracy coverage in western press seems strangely lacking… Julian Assange gets the OK from London to be extradited.

Last edited 1 year ago by Dick Von Dast'Ard
jens holm

That will be appealed.

jens holm

Its no Russian Sea at all. Normal maps show that. The new ones has every right to be there as well.

USSR collapsed in the same way as the Tzars. They took and by very good reasosns could not keep.

Its about the same for other kinds of Empires which Expires.

Russia/USSR as usual forget they by force took land from others never being Russians at all. We and I will not allow any of that kind of dominance again.


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