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Moscow views drone incident as provocation: Russian ambassador to US – Usky News

Russia with one of its Su-27 fighter jets and a us military drone on the Black Sea as provocation, its ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonovsaid in comments published early Wednesday.
“American uav “The transponder was turned off towards Russian territory in a deliberate and provocative manner,” Antonov said in remarks on his embassy website, referring to the drone as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
“We view this incident as a provocation,” Antonov told Russian agencies on Tuesday after the US called state Department,
A US military MQ-9 surveillance drone crashed into the Black Sea on Tuesday after being hit by the propeller of a Russian Su-27 jet, the Pentagon said, the first such crash since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a year ago. There was an incident.
Russia denies that any contact was made and says the drone crashed after a “swift manoeuvre”.
“The unacceptable activity of the US military close to our borders is a cause for concern,” Antonov said. “They are collecting intelligence, which is later used by the Kiev regime to attack our armed forces and territory.”
Antonov said their meeting at the State Department was “constructive” and the issue of possible “consequences” for Russia over the incident was not raised, the RIA news agency reported.
“We believe it is important that the lines of communication remain open,” Antonov was quoted as saying by the embassy. “Russia does not seek confrontation and stands for pragmatic cooperation in the interests of the peoples of our countries.”


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