The US military has announced that it conducted an “extraordinary” observation flight “to reaffirm US commitment to Ukraine” amid Russia-Ukraine tensions.
The flight was conducted under the Open Skies treaty on Thursday by a US Air Force OC-135 observation aircraft, the Pentagon said in a statement issued on Thursday.
Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told CNN that the “timing of this flight is intended to reaffirm US commitment to Ukraine and other partner nations.”
“Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait is a dangerous escalation in a pattern of increasingly provocative and threatening activity,” he added.
“The United States seeks a better relationship with Russia, but this cannot happen while its unlawful and destabilizing actions continue in Ukraine and elsewhere,” according to the Pentagon statement.
The Pentagon spokesman said the last such “extraordinary” observation flight…