Two Russian planes carried out a “dangerous and unprofessional” interception of a US Air Force B-52 bomber over the Black Sea and in international waters on Friday, according to a statement from US air forces in Europe and the African public air forces. Business.
Russian pilots crossed within 100 feet of the B-52’s
nose several times and also caused turbulence to the B-52 limiting its ability to maneuver, the statement said.
“Actions like these increase the potential for mid-air collisions, are unnecessary and incompatible with good international pilotage and flight rules,” said General Jeff Harrigian, commander of the US Air Force in Europe and the Air Forces Africa, in the statement.
“While Russian planes were operating in international airspace they jeopardized the flight safety of the planes involved. We expect them to operate according to international standards established to ensure safety and prevent accidents,” did he declare.
On Friday, American B-52s flew over 30 NATO countriest
demonstrate NATO solidarity, improve readiness and provide training opportunities to improve interoperability for all Allied aircrew of the States- United and NATO,
”according to one. US European Command statement.
The demonstration of US military capability came amid continuing tensions with Russia and lingering questions about the Trump administration’s engagement in the alliance following a recent move to downsize US troops in Europe.
The United States’ commitment to NATO has been called into question following repeated criticism by President Donald Trump of member countries for failing to meet the alliance’s recommended target of 2% of the GDP in the field of defense.