The United States and Russia have exchanged regular attacks. Americans don’t like “barrel”, which was done over the Baltic sea around their reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian su-27. The office of Sergei Shoigu to the ball: if the Pentagon doesn’t like something, let the scout, “creeping” to the Russian border with the transponder turned off, will include it or will cease to fly at the border at all.
If the US is dissatisfied with the maneuvers of Russian fighters, American planes-scouts should or to cease operations near Russia’s borders, or include a transponder, said Saturday the representative of the defense Ministry major General Igor Konashenkov, RIA “Novosti”.
“We are already starting to get used to the insults of representatives of the Pentagon for alleged “unprofessional” maneuvers of our fighters “
“We are already starting to get used to the insults of representatives of the Pentagon for alleged “unprofessional” maneuvers of our fighters in intercepting the Russian borders American reconnaissance planes, he said. Have this problem the us air force there are two solutions: either not to fly near our borders, or include a transponder for automatic identification our radar by means of objective control”.
According to him, all flights by Russian aircraft are in compliance with international regulations use of airspace. “At the same time, I want to note that the reconnaissance aircraft RC-135U whenever trying to sneak up to the Russian border with the transponder off. Therefore, the duty air defense forces have to lift into the air, our fighter to visually identify the aircraft type and tail number,” – said Konashenkov.
Defense Ministry spokesman also noted that “another spy plane Boeing OC-135B in the framework of the international Treaty on Open skies (DON) on Saturday landed in Ulan-Ude, and no one raised fighter jets to identify it”.
We will remind, on the eve of the Russian su-27 fighter flew at a very small distance from the U.S. spy plane RC-135, moving over the Baltic sea. According to CNN, the incident occurred in international space. Russian pilots have performed a “barrel”. As you know, is a figure of aerobatics, in the performance of which the plane is rotated about the longitudinal axis 360 degrees while maintaining the overall direction of flight.
In USA the maneuver called dangerous and noted that “this is the second such case in recent months”, and therefore “the us military is strongly opposed”. A similar incident occurred April 14, when su-27 Russian space forces intercepted over the Baltic American spy plane of the same model RC-135 and has also performed over it “barrel”. In Moscow explained: an unknown object was flying to the border of Russia. Su-27 have identified a spy and forced to turn around.
The incident occurred on the same day, when the Americans accused the Russian su-24 too close to the flight of its destroyer “Donald cook” in the Baltic sea.
The list of such “accidents” just in the last month can be supplemented with intercept Russian fighter-interceptor MiG-31 reconnaissance aircraft of the U.S. Navy P-8 “Poseidon” in the Kamchatka area. As the newspaper OPINION, incidents like this were commonplace during the cold war.
Cooling and misunderstanding
A Pentagon official Michelle Baldanza on Saturday said that such actions of the Russian aviation can cause a cooling of relations between Moscow and Washington.
“These unsafe and unprofessional intercepts air can potentially cause damage and injuries, all involved crews. Moreover, unsafe and unprofessional actions of one pilot can potentially lead to unnecessary escalation of tensions between the countries,” she said.
According to her, the American RC-135 perform a typical flight in international airspace”. In General, over the past year, according to the Pentagon, there have been several incidents in which Russian military planes were approaching close to the aircraft, and ships, what is the US serious concern.
She did not specify what size the convergence of the US considers “unsafe and unprofessional” manner of flying. And in international law, clear guidance on this point in contrast to the definition of international airspace and international waters.
On Thursday, the Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov has declared the full legality of flight of the su-24 destroyer “Donald cook”. “The latest incident in the Baltic sea – the US destroyer equipped with dozens of cruise missiles, suitable for a distance of several tens of kilometers to the Russian military base in Baltiisk, in the Russian territory”, – he added. “Our planes carried out in the area absolutely legitimate training flights in international airspace. They saw that an American destroyer with powerful weapons approaching our base camp and decided to see who it is. As soon as they saw who it was, and it happened at a safe distance, they turned away and continued his flight,” – said Lavrov.
The Minister recalled that in 1972 the USSR and the USA signed an Agreement on flight safety. “Subsequently, we proposed to conclude an additional Protocol to that agreement, but the Americans refused. 20 April in Brussels a meeting of the Council Russia-NATO. Our permanent representative to NATO Alexander Grushko in discussions reminded them about it. Americans feel uncomfortable since didn’t even know it,” said the Minister.
However, in connection with the incident, U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry told Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov “strong protest”.
Another point of view on the recent incident with the su-27 was expressed by first Deputy head of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Frants Klintsevich. “Now it becomes definitively clear, why did the US need the buzz surrounding the interception of a us spy plane over the Baltic sea and the incident with the USS Donald cook”. It was information preparing for additional deployment of four battalions of NATO in the Baltic region”, – quotes its words of RIA “news”.
In fact, the Alliance continues its strategic policy of encirclement of Russia, said the Senator. “However, it is unclear why all this is necessary to the Baltic States. Their safety NATO contingents do not guarantee. And the gathering of NATO troops where they have no particular need “only creates additional risks”, – summed up the Klintsevich.
On the eve of the Wall Street Journal, citing military sources in the European Union and the United States announced that Americans can send to the Baltic States two battalions, one battalion can provide the armed forces of Germany and the UK.
Against this background, on 26 April it became known that the us Congress do not propose to allocate the money on flights over the United States of Russian military aviation in the framework of the Treaty on open skies (DON). Congressmen do not offer to pay until the Obama administration can convince lawmakers that Moscow does not break anything. According to many Russian experts, in the US there is “mindless obstruction of everything connected with Russia.”Related posts: