Moscow has lashed out at the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) for intercepting Russian patrol aircraft near Russia’s own shores over the Black Sea, warning that such provocative actions are ‘simply dangerous’.
The comments were made in a Saturday press release by the Russian Embassy in London after the RAF intercepted a Russian Be-12 heading south west over the Black Sea from Crimea on Thursday.
The embassy emphasized that the country’s armed forces “strictly comply with international law and pose no threat to Britain.”
“What kind of threat to Britain or its allies does a Russian patrol aircraft hypothetically pose while conducting flights off Russia’s own shore, some 1,500 miles away from the UK?” the Russian embassy said.
The interception came less than two weeks after another similar incident, during which the RAF fighter jets stationed as part of a NATO mission in Romania were scrambled to intercept Russian bombers flying…