American planes will continue to fly “wherever it is.” international Law allows, said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday, as the two ministers discussed Tuesday’s incident over The Black Sea, where Moscow planes caused American unmanned aircraft crash.
Washington says A Russian Su-27 mowed down the MQ-9, requiring the drone to be brought in down in The Black Sea, while Moscow denies its responsibility and accuses the United States of making “enemy” flights in the region.
Austin spoke with Shoigu” regarding an unprofessional, dangerous and reckless talk behavior by the Russians air force in international Airspace over The Pentagon said, in a permit.
He stressed that the United States will continue to fly and work wherever it is international Law allows,” He. She added.
Russia confirmed the call They said Washington took the initiative.
United State defense president also A said news At the conference that “Russia should run it military Planes in in a safe and professional manner.”
Keep communicating, Austin said with Russia keyafter more from U.S year of Ukraine war during which direct contact took place between senior US and Russia defense Officials were rare.
“We take any potential for Escalation seriously, which is why I think it’s important to maintain boundaries of Communication is open.
“I really think it is key We can pick up phone and interact with each other. And I think that will help To prevent miscalculation forward. “
The debris is no longer of value’
Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Board of US Joint Chiefs of Staff of The staff along with Austin said he plans on it call its Russian counterpart as well.
The Pentagon is still analyzing video and data from the drone to find out exactly what happened.
Was it intentional or not? know “We are,” Millie said know that the objection was intentional. we know that aggressive behavior It was intended, us also know It was very unprofessional and absolutely unsafe.”
But regarding the “actual connection of the fixedRussian fighter wing with Our drones, physical contact with Those two, no sure He said: using abbreviation for Drones vehicle.
Moscow said on Wednesday it would try to recover the wreckage. Millie didn’t explicitly do that rule out United State recovery effort, but said doing so would be difficult.
“We don’t have any naval surface ships in The Black Sea at this time, “and it is possible that the drone broke up and sank in a area The water is 4,000-5,000 feet (1,200-1,500 meters) deep, he said.
Even if Russia manages to recover the wreckage, the US took Mitigation Measures for sensitive protection information.
“We’re pretty sure that no matter what of The value is no longer of value,” Millie said.
The United States uses MQ-9s for Both overwatch and strikes have long worked over Black Sea, watching on Russian Navy.
several of Drones lost in recent years, incl one which US Central Command said was fired upon down over Yemen with surface to-air rocket in 2019.
‘American flights are provocative’
For his part, Russian Defense Minister Shoigu told Austin that the flight of American drones off the coast of Crimea “provocative in natureIt “creates” preconditions for escalation of the situation in Black Sea area. “
“the main The focus was on exchange of opinions on the causes And the consequences of March 14 incident involving a US drone vehicle) crash in A statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense said, following a phone call: call Between Shoigu and Austin.
Shoigu said the drone crash He was caused actions of the United States of “Non-compliance with The no-fly zone declared by the Russian Federation “was established in communication with Moscowspecial military practical” in Ukraine.
The Russian Federation is not interested in This development, but it will continue to respond to all provocations in “In a proportionate manner,” the statement said, adding that both countries He must act responsibly possibleincluding maintenance military channels of Contact to discuss any crisis situations.”
Two Russian SU-27s “carried out an unsafe and unprofessional interception” of a US MQ-9 Reaper on Tuesday, including dumping fuel on Drone and flight in Before of He. She “in in a reckless, environmentally unsound and unprofessional manner,” according to US European Command.
Anatoly Antonov, the Russian ambassador to the United States, said earlier on Wednesday that the drone attempted to collect reconnaissance information To transfer it to Ukraine for strikes against Russia.
Separately, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed that the United States is trying to look for “Provocations” to escalate the “confrontational approach”.
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