The UK has been accused of sending a spy plane over Russia’s airspace in a “deliberate provocation” and sent a fighter jet to intercept the RAF’s RC-135s.
The RAF’s spy plane had allegedly flown into Russia’s airspace near Svyatoi Nos on the Baring Sea and was forced to turn around after a MiG-31 Soviet supersonic plane intercepted it.
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) argued that they were in fact flying in neutral territory and accused the Russian MiG-31 flying “unsafe.”
An MoD spokesperson said, “A Russian MiG-31 jet conducted an unsafe close pass of an RAF RC-135W Rivet Joint aircraft as it carried out a routine operation in international airspace over the Norwegian and Barents Seas on Monday, August 15.
“The UK aircraft was in communication with Russian civilian air traffic control and its crew operated in a safe and professional manner.”