Russia accused Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) of intercepting its military aircraft over the Black Sea in a dangerous move aimed at provoking Moscow following two such interceptions in a single week.
The accusation levelled by the Russian embassy in London, came after the RAF intercepted a Russian maritime patrol aircraft over the Black Sea on August 22nd and then scrambled to intercept two suspected Russian fighter aircraft on August 23rd. Both interceptions took place near NATO airspace.
The Russian embassy said in a statement released on August 26th, “What kind of threat to Britain or even its allies does a Russian patrol aircraft hypothetically pose while conducting flights near Russia’s own coastline, more than 2,000 km (1242.74 miles) from the British Isles. Instead of strengthening anyone's security, the British authorities are using such a military presence in the Black Sea area for provocative actions. Not just by making verbal statements, regrettable as they are, but also in real military terms, which is simply dangerous.”
The British defence and foreign ministries declined to comment.