Great Britain military blamed the Russian fighter of performing an “unsafe close pass” of a Royal Air Force aircraft that Moscow claims violated its airspace in “deliberate provocation”.
UK ministry of The Ministry of Defense (MoD) has denied Russia’s allegations that a RAF RC-135W reconnaissance aircraft violated its borders. over Barents Sea.
Moscow said it had scrambled a Russian MiG-31 to intercept a plane it claimed entered its airspace near remote arctic cape of Holy Nose.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that the UK sent a notification about the planned flight of reconnaissance aircraft RC-135 en route, partially passes over Russian territory.
“We regard this action as a deliberate provocation,” the ministry said. air force “the task was set to prevent violations of border of Russia.
“All possible effects of this deliberate provocation will lie entirely with British side”, the ministry said in a statement. in statement, without specifying when and where the flight of the British was planned.
But the UK denied that its plane crossed Russian airspace during what it said was a routine operation. The Ministry of Defense blamed the Russian plane of flying dangerously close to an RAF aircraft.
The spokesman said: “The Russian MiG-31 aircraft made an unsafe approach to pass of the RAF RC-135W Rivet Joint aircraft in which he carried out routine operation in international air space over Norwegian and Barents Seas on Monday 15 August.
“The English plane was in communication with Russian civilian air traffic control and its crew acted in safe and professional.”
The accusations came amid tensions between Russia and the West. over Vladimir Putin invasion of Ukraine.