Poland and Romania report “life-threatening action” of a Russian warplane over the Black Sea | outside

A Polish plane on a Frontex mission was intercepted by a Russian fighter jet over the Black Sea on Friday. This is reported, among other things, by the Romanian Ministry of Defense, which speaks of “totally unacceptable aggressive behavior” on the part of Moscow. The Polish Border Guard said in a statement on Sunday of “life-threatening maneuvers” on the part of the Russians.

The Polish plane was in the air on a mission for the European border agency Frontex, which guards the external borders of the European Union, and was under the command of Romania.

5 meters in front of the nose

Over the Black Sea, the plane was intercepted by a Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter. According to the Poles, the Russian plane made “aggressive and dangerous maneuvers” without first making radio contact. It is said that the Russian plane only flew 5 meters in front of the Polish plane at one point.

The Polish plane was in the air on a mission for the European border agency Frontex © Reuters

Romania’s defense ministry said in a statement on Saturday that a Polish border guard plane, which was on routine patrol in cooperation with Bucharest, was subjected to repeated dangerous maneuvers by an irresponsible Russian pilot.

In the statement of the Polish Border Guard distributed today / Sunday, it can be read that the Polish pilot temporarily lost control of the plane as a result.

‘Serious difficulties in controlling’

The Polish crew was finally able to land the aircraft safely in Romania “after an initial loss of altitude and then severe control difficulties due to turbulence”. The Romanians described the incident as “new evidence of Russia’s provocative approach in the Black Sea”.

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See also. For example, Russian aircraft previously shot down an American drone over the Black Sea

In March, an American drone and a Russian plane collided over the Black Sea. The drone crashed. Countries blame each other for that.

According to the US military, there is “a pattern of dangerous actions by Russian pilots while interacting with US and allied aircraft over international airspace.” These are “dangerous and can lead to miscalculation and unintended escalation.”

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