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Russia to reward pilots involved in US drone incident – Usky News

Moscow: There has been an incident with Russian fighter pilots us drone The Defense Ministry announced on Friday that state awards would be given as a result of its accident. The move signals Moscow’s intention to take a more aggressive approach towards future US surveillance flights.
The US military said it sank an Air Force MQ-9 Reaper in the Black Sea on Tuesday after a pair of Russian fighter jets doused the surveillance drone with fuel and then one of them struck its propeller as it flew to international was flying in the airspace. Moscow has denied that its warplanes shot down the drone, alleging that it crashed while performing a maneuver. It said its warplanes responded to violations of the no-flight zone Russia has established over the region near Crimea amid fighting in Ukraine.
On Friday, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu praised the pilots for preventing the drone from flying over an area Moscow has banned flights from. The Defense Ministry said the ban was “in line with international norms.”
Moscow’s announcement comes a day after the US military released 42 seconds of unclassified color footage showing a Russian Su-27 fighter jet following an American drone and dumping fuel that could damage the drone’s optical instruments. Visible for the purpose of blinding. to run it from the field.
On the second approach, either the same jet or another Russian Su-27 that was shadowing the MQ-9 hit the drone’s propeller, damaging a blade, according to the US military, which said it caused the aircraft to crash into the sea. dropped in The video excerpt does not show the collision, although it does show damage to the propeller.
Top American and Russian defense and military leaders spoke about the destruction of the drone on Wednesday, underscoring the seriousness of the incident. The call was the first since October between US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the Russian General Staff General Valery Gerasimov.
Calling out Russia for “reckless” actions, the White House also tried to avoid downplaying the tensions. US officials insisted they have not been able to determine whether the Russian pilot intentionally downed the US drone and insisted that lines of communication with Moscow remain open.
Russian officials also stressed the need to maintain lines of communication, but they harshly condemned the US action as an arrogant defiance of Moscow’s no-flight zone.
“This is a clear sign that Russia will shoot down a US drone,” pro-Kremlin political analyst Sergei Markov wrote in a comment on the award announcement. “This decision will receive a strong support from the Russian society which wants the government to toughen its policy.”
Moscow has repeatedly expressed concern about US intelligence flights close to Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014 amid strong international condemnation. The Kremlin has accused the US and its allies of effectively engaging in the conflict by providing weapons and sharing intelligence with Kiev.
Some Russian officials alleged that American surveillance flights helped gather intelligence that allowed Ukraine to attack Russian targets.


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