The recent actions of Russia have been nothing short of reckless and unprofessional. Just last week, a Russian warplane intercepted an American MQ-9 Reaper drone over the Black Sea. The video footage that has since been released clearly shows the Russian jet spraying fuel on the drone and clipping its propeller, causing the United States to bring it down. This kind of behavior is not only dangerous, but it’s also unacceptable.
U.S. military releases video showing a Russian Su-27 fighter jet colliding with an American MQ-9 Reaper drone above the Black Sea earlier this week. pic.twitter.com/4wrHauzObC
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) March 16, 2023
Despite clear evidence to the contrary, the Russian defense ministry claims that their actions were not the cause of the drone’s downing. But we know the truth. The American drone was flying within international airspace and was conducting routine intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations. Russia, on the other hand, was flying in a reckless and unprofessional manner.
Full statement from the US European command on the incident between Russian Su-27 and an American MQ-9 drone in the black sea
"This unsafe and unprofessional act by the Russians nearly caused both aircraft to crash"https://t.co/VazXUuTOJp pic.twitter.com/vMMyCKbl2m
— Faytuks News Δ (@Faytuks) March 14, 2023
WATCH: Pentagon Releases Footage of Russian Jet Striking US Drone https://t.co/YIgGpg2fSl
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) March 16, 2023
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with his Russian counterpart about the incident and emphasized the importance of transparency and communication between great powers. However, Russia seems intent on continuing to escalate tensions in the Black Sea area by labeling American drone operations as “provocative.”
This incident is just the latest in a long line of Russian aggression towards the United States and our allies. It’s time for Russia to understand that their dangerous and unprofessional behavior will not be tolerated. The United States will continue to fly and operate wherever international law allows, and we will not be intimidated by Russia’s attempts to escalate the situation in the Black Sea zone.