A Polish jet “lost control” over the Black Sea after a Russian fighter made “dangerous and aggressive maneuvers”, Poland said today.
of Poland Border guards said the Sukhoi Su-35 failed to communicate with radio waves before recklessly approaching the border force plane three times “without keeping the necessary safe distance”.
Border forces said the Polish L-410 Turbolet plane experienced turbulence and the crew temporarily “lost control of the aircraft and lost altitude”.
It added Russian the plane flew directly in front of the plane’s nose and crossed its path at a distance of “about five meters”.
Government spokesman Piotr Muller said the incident was a “planned provocation by Russia”.
“We can see that Russia is trying to attract international attention with such provocative actions,” he told Polish television.
Romania The Department of Defense – which first reported on Friday’s reckless move – criticized of Moscow “aggressive and dangerous” behavior.
They said it was “completely unacceptable”.
“This incident is further evidence of the provocative approach of the Russian Federation in the Black Sea,” it said.
The defense ministry said the clash took place “in international airspace over Black Sea,” 37 miles east of Romanian airspace.
The Romanian and Spanish planes were put on “pre-warning” status by NATO.
The Polish plane – which was patrolling for the EU border agency Frontex – landed safely in Romania afterwards.
“The crew, which consisted mainly of two pilots, showed outstanding skill and especially great composure, thanks to which they landed safely,” the Polish border guard said.
It arrived just a few weeks later Russian fighter jet dumps fuel on a US Reaper drone before crashing into it.
The drone was shot down while flying over the Black Sea near the Russian-occupied Crimea peninsula and the Ukrainian border.
ONE Russian The US European Command said the Su-27 jet collided with the propeller of the MQ-9 Reaper drone – forcing it to plunge into the sea.
Before the collision, which occurred at 7 a.m. local time, the two Su-27s “refueled and flew ahead of the MQ-9” in a “reckless” and “unprofessional” manner.
The incident marked the first time since the height of the Cold War that an American plane was shot down by Russia.
The US military warned that this was one of a number of recent “aggressive” and “dangerous” actions by Russia that risked “escalating” into war.
State Department spokesman Ned Price criticized what he called a “flagrant violation of international law” by Russia.
America is active Reapers . Drones on the Black Sea since before the start of the Ukraine war to track Russian movements on the battlefield.
The drones can fly at 50,000 feet for 10 hours – making them ideal for intelligence gathering and long-term reconnaissance.
The Russians said the drone swerved abruptly and plunged into the water after its warplanes took off to intercept it near Crimea.
Moscow denies its warplanes have come into contact with the drones and insists it did not fire weapons to shoot down the drones, which would be an act of war.