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U.S.: We could have shoot down Russian jets in Baltic Sea

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Concerning this week’s incident, when Russian fighter jets flew close to a U.S. warship in the Baltic Sea, the U.S. have stated that it could have been justified to shoot down the jets.

«We condemn this kind of behaviour. It is reckless. It is provocative. It is dangerous. And under the rules of engagement, that could have been a shoot-down,» U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was quoted as saying to American media by the BBC.

Kerry criticised the incident and revealed contact had been made with Moscow, BBC reports.

Meanwhile, Russian Defence Ministry commented that the ship was sailing close to a Russian navy base: «After spotting the ship, Russian pilots turned away from it in full compliance with safety measures. All flights of the Russian aircraft are in strict compliance with international rules of the use of air space above neutral waters».

Reportedly, U.S. defence officials announced on April 13 that in international waters of the Baltic sea two Russian planes passed close to a U.S. warship almost a dozen times this week.

According to U.S. statements, the Sukhoi SU-24 warplanes had no visible weaponry and the ship took no action, and the commander of the ship called the events on April 11 and 12 as a «simulated attack».

The U.S. missile destroyer ship was in the Baltic Sea for the reason of military drills with an Allied military helicopter, as described in a statement from the United States European forces command.

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  1. Linda says:

    that’s wot Russia would like to spark a major incident. Giant butterfly net to catch the irritations would do.

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