AA / Moscow
The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Saturday that its fighter jets had spotted and escorted 4 NATO reconnaissance planes over the waters of the Black Sea.
This information came at a time when Westerners are worried about Russian mobilizations in Crimea and Western press reports indicating Moscow’s intentions to invade Ukraine, which Russia denies.
The Russian ministry said in a statement that radars had detected 4 reconnaissance air missions belonging to the aviation of NATO member states, in the past 24 hours.
The statement said that the activities of NATO warships and reconnaissance planes are now focused on the northwestern part of the Black Sea, according to local press reports.
And to point out that Russian warships continue to monitor the movements of American ships in the Black Sea, according to reports from the news channel, Russia Today.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Russia last Wednesday of another “serious mistake” regarding Ukraine, as Washington called for clarification of Russian troop movements near the border. frontier.
The European Union has expressed concern over Russian military activities on the Ukrainian border, and the Union has stated that it is monitoring the situation with its partners, including the United States and the United Kingdom.
It should be noted that relations between Kiev and Moscow have been characterized by an escalation of tension for almost 7 years, due to the illegal annexation of Ukrainian Crimea by Russia, and its support for the separatists. , who are loyal to him in the “Donbass”.
Since 2014, more than 13,000 people have been killed in the continuing clashes between government forces and pro-Russian separatists, who have declared their independence, in Donbass.
* Translated from Arabic by Mounir Bennour.
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