(ORDO NEWS) — The Russian Su-27 fighter flew to escort the US spy plane over the neutral waters of the Black Sea. The Russian fighter’s crew identified the aerial target as a US Air Force RC-135 strategic reconnaissance aircraft and escorted it. After a change in course by an American aircraft and its removal from the Russian border, the Su-27 returned to base. The Ministry of Defense noted that no violation of the state border of the Russian Federation was allowed.
On November 28, a Russian Su-27 fighter jet took off to escort a US reconnaissance aircraft over the neutral waters of the Black Sea. This was reported at the National Defense Management Center.
“To identify the air target and prevent the violation of the state border of Russia, a Su-27 fighter from the air defense forces of the Southern Military District was taken into the air. The crew of the Russian fighter identified the air target as a strategic reconnaissance aircraft RC-135 of the US Air Force and escorted it,” the RIA center reports.
After the American plane, having changed course, began to move away from the Russian border, the Su-27 returned to the base, added in the center. They emphasized that the flight of the fighter was in accordance with international rules for the use of airspace.
“Violations of the state border of the Russian Federation were not allowed,” the message says.
Recall that the Russian armed forces regularly have to raise their aircraft in connection with the approach of the military aviation of NATO countries to the borders of Russia.
So, at the end of October, the Russian Su-27 climbed to intercept two Mirage 2000 fighter-bombers of the French Air Force over the Black Sea. After the foreign military aircraft turned away from the Russian border, the Russian aircraft returned safely to the base.
Also in October, due to the approach of a foreign aircraft to the state border of Russia, a MiG-31 fighter was raised into the air.
“Above the neutral waters of the Bering Sea, an air target approaching the state border of the Russian Federation was discovered. To identify the air target and prevent violation of the state border of the Russian Federation, a MiG-31 fighter was taken into the air from the air defense forces of the Eastern Military District, ”the Defense Ministry reported on October 22.
Crews of Russian fighters identified the approaching object as a strategic reconnaissance aircraft RC-135 of the US Air Force and escorted it over the water area of the Bering Sea. After the turn of the American MiG-31 aircraft, it also returned to the home airfield.
The day before, Russian MiG-31 and Su-35 from the air defense forces of the Eastern Military District were raised to escort two strategic bombers B-1В of the US Air Force over the water area of the Bering Sea.
Meanwhile, on November 27, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces of the Russian Federation, Lieutenant General Andrei Yudin, in an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper, said that the air defense forces on duty in 2020 had discovered and conducted more than 1,300 foreign reconnaissance aircraft.
“More than 1.5 million aircraft have been discovered and carried out, of which about 3,600 are military aircraft of foreign states, over 1,300 reconnaissance aircraft,” he said.
He clarified that Russian fighters from the air defense duty forces have climbed more than 170 times to escort foreign aircraft near the borders of Russia.
Yudin stressed that during the year there were no violations of the Russian state border in the airspace and the rules for the use of airspace.
Recall that in July, the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation noted that the forces of the Black Sea Fleet monitored the ships and aircraft of the NATO Joint Naval Forces (OVMS) that took part in the Ukrainian-American exercises Sea Breeze – 2020 in the Black Sea.
At the same time, the air defense forces of the Black Sea and Baltic fleets escorted the P-8A Poseidon and U-2S aircraft of the US Navy and the P-3C Orion of the German Air Force.
In the same month, Russian fighters were raised to intercept the P-3C Orion reconnaissance aircraft of the Norwegian Air Force and the P-8A Poseidon, the RC-135 of the US Air Force, as well as the American MQ-9A Reaper drone over the Barents and Black Seas, heading to the Russian border.
Moscow has repeatedly noted that such overflights near the borders of Russia increase tensions in the region.
At the same time, in early February, after two Tu-160 missile carriers of the Russian Aerospace Forces performed a scheduled flight over the neutral waters of the Barents and Norwegian Seas, as well as the Arctic Ocean, the Joint Aerospace Defense Command of North America called the flight an “aggressive step.”
In turn, the RF Ministry of Defense noted that the pilots acted in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace.
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