On Saturday, Russia scrambled two fighter jets to intercept a very secret American spy plane, alarming a possible military escalation between the two powers. The incident took a turn when it was revealed that the meeting took place over the Sea of Japan, a few kilometers from the border between Russia and China. This occurs amid growing military and political tensions between the United States and the other two superpowers.
The Boeing RC-135 is a large top secret reconnaissance aircraft used to gather information for American intelligence.
In a statement, the Russian ministry said: “On July 11, surveillance of Russian airspace identified an aerial target over the neutral waters of the Sea of Japan, flying towards the national border of the Federation. of Russia ”.
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The two Russian fighter planes escorted the reconnaissance aircraft to a safe distance.
They both returned to the Russian base after the American plane moved away from the border area.
The Russian plane flew in accordance with international rules for neutral waters, the ministry said.
It is unclear what the American spy plane was doing over the Sea of Japan, or whether it was related to Russia or China.
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump admitted for the first time that the United States had carried out a secret cyberattack in 2018 against the Russian Internet Research Agency.
This morning, former M6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove detailed how China could launch an attack on Britain.
He explained that Xi Jinping is able to deny any wrongdoing although Britain can find out who is the culprit.
China has also been accused of intimidating its neighbors after sending a coastguard ship to the disputed waters of the South China Sea.
Andrew Scobell, a senior political scientist for the American company RAND Corporation and a professor at Marine Corps University, said, “They’re damn intimidating, they make fishing boats out of rams and they act like warships.
“They use provocation, pressure, strong tactics, but at the same time, the Chinese also offer carrots and seem reasonable in publicly seeking a negotiated solution. “