Russia scrambles to remove US bomber – despite not crossing the border | World

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Russia scrambles to remove US bomber – despite not crossing the border | World


A MiG-31 fighter jet was dispatched to escort an American B-1B bomber over the Sea of ​​Japan. The bomber did not cross the Russian border. It comes just days after an American destroyer attempted to breach Russian territorial waters.

According to the Russian National Defense Management Center, an aerial target was detected approaching the border.
A MiG from the Eastern Military District air defense system was quickly dispatched.

The ministry said in a statement: “ A MiG-31 fighter was dispatched to identify the air target and prevent it from violating the Russian state border. “

The Russian government has insisted that it act in full compliance with international rules for the use of airspace.

The US Navy has been accused of sending a ship into the waters during military exercises.
The Russian Defense Ministry released video footage showing the USS Chafee with the anti-submarine vessel Admiral Tributs.

The ministry said the waters were closed due to artillery fire.

The US military attaché was summoned due to the incursion.

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A spokesperson for the US Navy said Russia’s account of the incident was false.

He told The Independent: “A Russian Udaloy-class destroyer approached about 65 meters from the USS Chafee (DDG 90) as the ship prepared for flight operations.

“The interaction was safe and professional.

“Although Russia issued a notice to airmen and mariners in this area for later today, the NOTAM / NOTMAR was not in effect at the time of the interaction.

“At all times, the USS Chafee conducted operations in accordance with international law and custom.

“The United States will continue to fly, navigate and operate where international law permits. “

In response, the Russian Defense Ministry said: “The destroyer USS Chafee, convinced of the determination of the Russian ship’s crew not to violate the state border, has changed direction.

“Acting within the framework of international rules of navigation, the Admiral Tributes have set their sights on the removal of the intruder from Russian territorial waters.

In June, Moscow accused the UK of trying to provoke Russia after HMS Defender near the coast of the Crimean Peninsula.

The British ambassador was summoned to the ministry following the incident.

The UK claimed the vessel had conducted freedom of navigation proceedings in the waters.

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