Ambassador Antonov: an attack on a Russian plane in neutral space would be a declaration of war

Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said that an attack on a Russian aircraft in neutral airspace would be a declaration of war. This is how he responded to US Senator Lindsey Graham’s call to the Joe Biden administration to warn Moscow that its planes would be shot down in international space as they approached American targets.

“The calls of some legislators go beyond common sense. A deliberate attack on a Russian aircraft in neutral airspace is not just a crime under international law, but also an open declaration of war against the largest nuclear power,” Antonov said in a comment (quoted by TASS).

The diplomat noted that a direct clash between the Russian Federation and the United States “would be radically different from the proxy war that the Americans are waging remotely against us in Ukraine.” “Are the Capitol ready to expose American citizens and the international community to the risk of all-out nuclear war? Answer, dear senator!” the ambassador added.

On March 14, an MQ-9 Reaper drone was disabled over the Black Sea. The US military claimed that it fell due to the maneuver of the Russian Su-27 fighter. According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the drone “as a result of sharp maneuvering went into an uncontrolled flight” and fell into the sea.

About the consequences of the incident – in the material “Kommersant” “For whose soul is the” reaper “”.

Leonid Uvarchev


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