The US and UK Air Forces have significantly increased their activity for reconnaissance of Russian territories and military facilities.
On Thursday, the Р-8А Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft of the US Navy made a reconnaissance flight near a logistics center of the Russian Navy in the Syrian port of Tartus and the Hmeimim airbase, the Interfax news agency reported, citing data of Western websites, which monitor movements of military aircraft.
According to their information, the reconnaissance aircraft with the 168756 side number, departed from the Sigonella airbase in Sicily, was for a long time carrying out flights over the Mediterranean waters along the sea borders of Syria. At some points, it approached to the Syrian coast so close that there were just 40-45 kilometers between the aircraft and the Russian military base in Tartus.
As it was earlier reported, on Thursday, strategic reconnaissance aircraft of the US and UK Air Forces made another approach to the Russian maritime borders in the south of the Baltic.
In the morning, the RC-135W aircraft of the UK Royal Air Force with the ZZ665 side number and the RFR7130 call sign, which departed from the Waddington airbase in the UK, made a reconnaissance flight off the coast of the Russian region of Kaliningrad.
After noon Moscow time, the US RC-135U electronic reconnaissance aircraft with the 64-14847 side number and the DORSY65 call sign, which departed from the Mildenhall airbase in the UK, replaced the RC-135W in the same area of the Baltic.