A US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone at Amari Air Base, Estonia, July 1, 2020. Photo/REUTERS/Janis Laizans
WASHINGTON – Russia considers the incident Tuesday (14/3/2023) when a United States (US) drone crashed in the Black Sea as a provocation.
Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov confirmed this after being summoned to the US Department of Foreign Affairs (Deplu) in Washington.
Antonov met Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried, who protested the “unsafe and unprofessional intercept” of the drone (UAV) which resulted in its disappearance.
“We consider this incident as a provocation,” Antonov told reporters after the meeting.
He said he told Donfried that US drones, planes and ships had no business being that close to the Russian border.
“Can you imagine how the US media or the Pentagon would react if a drone like that appeared near New York or San Francisco?” he asked.
Antonov described talks with Donfried as “constructive” and said both sides shared their concerns.
“The US and Russia should be very careful in how they act, given the current situation in Eastern Europe,” he said.
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