NATO military aircrafts reconnoitered at Russian borders

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — An American drone and a British military aircraft were noticed at Russian borders, it follows from the monitoring resource PlaneRadar.

At 06:00 Moscow time, the U.S. Air Force strategic reconnaissance UAV RQ-4B-40 Global Hawk with tail number 11-2048 and the call sign FORTE10 took off from NATO Sigonella air base on the island of Sicily.

The drone crossed the airspace of Romania and at 08:15 Moscow time was in the sky over Ukraine.

The drone conducted reconnaissance along the demarcation line in the Donbass and at 14:25 Moscow time headed for the Black Sea. After that, he flew around the area near the coast of Crimea.

At 17:25 Moscow time, the British Royal Air Force electronic reconnaissance aircraft Boeing RC-135W Rivet Joint with tail number ZZ666 took off from the Mildenhall training ground and then headed for the borders of the Kaliningrad Region. The flight took place at an altitude of about eight kilometers, the speed was just over 559 kilometers per hour.

Foreign aircraft regularly carry out reconnaissance operations near Russian borders. They are often noticed in the Crimea and Krasnodar Territory, over the Baltic Sea and the bases of the Ministry of Defense in Syria.

As noted by Professor of the Department of Comparative Political Science of RUDN University, Yuri Pochta, an increased interest in intelligence gathering in Russia is obvious.

The expert noted activity from the United States. The Ministry of Defense also drew attention to the intelligence activities of the Americans. The Office urged Washington to abandon such operations, but the Pentagon refused.

At the same time, according to the chairman of the Presidium of “Officers of Russia” Sergei Lipov, from the point of view of military tasks, the operations of the US Air Force at Russian borders are meaningless. He called such flights “politics and propaganda.”

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