U.S. Army veteran Noctis Driver strongly criticized the Pentagon’s claim that “a Russian fighter jet shot down an American drone near Crimean airspace over the Black Sea.”
Draven criticized the statement by the US European Command, which claimed that “a Russian Su-27 aircraft crashed an American MQ-9 over the Black Sea, and that the American plane crashed in international waters.”
He wrote on his Twitter page: “Why do they keep saying that a Russian plane was shot down by an American drone? Russia will shoot it down only if it wants to, so why would a pilot risk his life? This rhetoric is insane and easy to refute. .”
The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed the crash of an American drone heading towards Crimea in the Black Sea, and that two Russian fighter jets flew to intercept it and did not shoot it down.
It stated that the drone did not work with means of identification in violation of the no-fly zone declared by the Russian Ministry of Defense over the Black Sea, about which all users of international airspace were informed in accordance with international standards.
The department said that as a result of a sharp maneuver around 9.30 Moscow time, the MQ-9 lost altitude and crashed into the water.