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US Navy aircraft reconnaissance near Russian bases in Syria

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — On Monday, the US Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft made a long flight near the Syrian coast and the Russian Khmeimim air base and the Russian Navy’s logistics base in the port of Tartus, it follows from monitoring data from Western aviation resources.

According to them, an American naval reconnaissance plane departing from Sigonella airbase on the Italian island of Sicily, starting at approximately 1:10 Moscow time, cruised for more than an hour along the Syrian coast and near Russian bases.

In the course of the assignment, he, in particular, flew 29 km from the base of the Russian Navy in Tartus, passing virtually along the edge of the sea border of Syria, located about 22 km from its coast. At the same time, Poseidon flew at an altitude of only about 5.5 thousand meters.

On Sunday, September 29, the same Poseidon with tail number 169329 and the US Navy patrol plane EP-3E Orion jointly flew many hours off the coast of Russia on the Black Sea.

At the same time, most of the time they cruised southwest of the Crimea in the region of Sevastopol and near the Kerch Peninsula and Novorossiysk.

On Thursday, September 26, US and British Air Force aircraft conducted reconnaissance flights near the sea and land borders of the Kaliningrad Region. Near the sea borders of the Kaliningrad region, the flight of the Swedish Gulfstream 4 reconnaissance aircraft was also recorded.

According to observers, recently the activity of Western reconnaissance aircraft at the Russian borders has sharply increased again.

In September, intelligence officers of NATO member countries fly almost daily along the western and southern borders of Russia. Moreover, unlike previous reconnaissance missions, they are mainly carried out with the use of several aircraft at the same time.

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