Russia accuses British reconnaissance aircraft of border violation

Chen Zhuo
2022-08-16 11:31:41

MiG-31 fighters fly in formation during the military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War on Red Square in Moscow, Russia, June 24, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

MOSCOW -- An RC-135 reconnaissance plane of the British Royal Air Force illegally crossed Russia's state border in the Arctic area of Cape Svyatoy Nos, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

The British aircraft was discovered over the waters of the Barents Sea, and a MiG-31BM fighter scrambled in response and forced the plane out of the Russian territory, the ministry said.

It was rare for military planes of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to breach Russia's airspace, news reports said.

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