“Russian armed forces strictly comply with international law and pose no threat to Britain. One might understand why Royal Navy escorts Russian military ships in the English Channel, in the vicinity of the British coastline, even if this there is no need for the UK to publicise it. But what kind of threat to Britain or its allies does a Russian patrol aircraft hypothetically pose while conducting flights off Russia's own shore, some 1500 miles away from the UK?” the message says.
“Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and other British politicians who present such routine Russian activity as “provocative incidents”, are themselves behaving in a highly irresponsible manner. This latest episode aptly demonstrates how harmful is the very idea of deploying RAF and other NATO forces in Romania, Poland or Baltic states. Instead of strengthening anyone's security, such military presence is being used by the British authorities for provocative actions of their own - not only through verbal statements, regrettable as they are, but also in real military terms, which is simply dangerous,” the Russian representatives stated.
As we reported earlier, the Typhoon fighters of the British Royal Air Force flew from the Mihail Kogalniceanu base in Romania on August 23 to intercept the Russian anti-submarine Be-12 aircraft over the Black Sea.
It was noted that this is the second such case in a week, when the RAF aircraft are raised "to prevent provocation by Russian aircraft." The previous interception took place on 20 August.