Washington: Russia and America came face to face in the sky. A US commander said Thursday that Russian planes harassed US drones taking part in an operation against the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria for the second time in 24 hours. Air Force Lieutenant General Alexus Grinkevich told about the misdeeds of the Russian Air Force. Grinkevich said: “At 9:30 a.m. Thursday, a military aircraft from Moscow engaged in unprofessional behavior while interacting with an American MQ-9 drone.“The aircraft dropped flares in front of the drone and flew in a dangerous manner, endangering the safety of all aircraft involved,” he added. Previously, a pilot had turned on his plane’s afterburner in front of the drone.
Earlier this year, the United States said a Russian jet had severed the propeller of a drone operating over the Black Sea, causing it to crash. At the same time, Russia denied the US allegations. Russia claims that it is not responsible for this loss.
Regarding Russia’s unprofessional behavior in responding to US aircraft over Syria, please see video of today’s encounter.
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