U.S.-Russia tensions have flared over the crash of a U.S. drone over the Black Sea. The United States directly blamed Russia for the incident. However, the Kremlin has denied the US allegations. Amid tensions surrounding the Ukraine war, it is feared that such an incident could create the risk of a direct confrontation between Russia and the United States.
A US drone crashed over the Black Sea on Tuesday. The United States claims that the MQ-9 Reaper drone crashed in a collision with a Russian Su-27 fighter jet. The Pentagon claims the drone was on a routine mission in international airspace. Two Russian fighter jets trying to intercept it. They claim that such a conflict has happened because of Russia’s reckless behavior.
US press secretary Air Force Brigadier General Pat Ryder said, ‘We are continuing to investigate what actually happened. I think this happened due to the incompetence and reckless actions of the Russian pilots. Shortly before the crash, the Russian fighter jet dumped fuel in front of the US drone, rendering the drone’s propeller useless.
However, the Kremlin has ultimately denied the issue of a drone collision with Russian warplanes. The US State Department has summoned the Russian ambassador to Washington for an explanation. However, the ambassador termed the US accusation a provocation. Meanwhile, Moscow says the drone was patrolling the area to gather intelligence for Ukraine. Also, their warplanes did not come into contact with the US drones, nor did they use weapons.
Anatoly Antonov, the Russian ambassador assigned to the United States, said, “The allegations against us are incorrect. Such a situation should not be created around this incident, in which the Russian Federation and the United States get involved in an unintended conflict.
Even if there is no loss of life, many analysts fear that there is a risk that Washington and Moscow will get involved in a direct fight over this issue amid the tensions surrounding the Russia-Ukraine war.
Earlier, tensions over the Black Sea have been building since Russia’s move to annex Crimea into the federation in 2014. After the start of the war in Ukraine last year, the United States and Britain began searching and conducting intelligence surveillance over the region’s airspace.