Official sources of the Vladimir Putin’s government claim to have avoided a possible shock and “catastrophe” between a Russian airliner and a spy plane from the OTAN, above the Black Sea. Given the lack of communication, they had to change the course of the air.
“A catastrophe was averted, but this does not mean that The United States and NATO can continue to put lives at risk with impunity“the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajarova, said in a statement.
From Tel Aviv to Moscow
According to the Russian civil aviation agency, the incident occurred last Friday when the spy plane “descended rapidly”, crossing the route established by an Airbus of the Aeroflot company that covered the route between Tel Aviv and Moscow. with 142 people on board.
Consequently, “the direction and altitude of the commercial flight were immediately modified“the agency said in a statement.
In that report it was added that the crew of the spy plane did not respond to messages from air traffic controllers. According to the Russian news agency Interfax, the Russian plane it descended 500 meters to get away from the reconnaissance plane.
A private jet flying from the Russian city of Sochi, on the Dead Sea, to Skopje, in the Republic of Macedonia, also changed course because of the spy plane, according to the aviation agency.
“The increasing activity of NATO aircraft flights near the borders of Russia causes a risk of dangerous incidents with civilian apparatus“, denounced the body, which warned that it plans to” protest “through diplomatic channels.
Zajarova in his statement accused the US air force of “representing a risk to civil aviation.” Not even OTAN ni USA they reacted to those accusations for the time being.
The incident occurred in a context of tension between Russia and Western countries, who accuse the Russian government of President Vladimir Putin of concentrating troops on the borders of Ukraine, with a view to an invasion, something that Moscow denies.