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Two US military aircraft reconnaissance near Crimea

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Two U.S. Navy aircraft were seen off the coast of Crimea, follows from data from the monitoring resource PlaneRadar.

At 11:05 Moscow time, Lockheed EP-3E Orion radio reconnaissance with registration number 156511, taking off from the Suda Bay training ground in Greece, began reconnaissance at the western borders of the peninsula.

For several hours the aircraft cruised around Crimea at an altitude of almost six kilometers and at a speed of more than 531 kilometers per hour.

In addition, the Boeing P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine aircraft with tail number 169332 took off from the NATO air base Sigonella in Italy and flew into the Black Sea. About 12 noon, he embarked on a reconnaissance operation.

The vessel flew several times around the area near the southern and southwestern coast of Crimea. It took him more than two hours.

American military aircraft are often seen off the coast of the Russian peninsula. The Department of Defense called on the United States to abandon such actions, but the Pentagon refused.

According to the head of the Russian defense department, Sergei Shoigu, the unique interspecific grouping of forces created in Crimea “leaves no chance” for potential attempts to encroach on the country’s territory and plays a crucial role in ensuring its security.

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