Russian jet fired missile after intercepting RAF on 'routine patrol' over Black Sea

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    An unarmed RAF Aircraft on routine patrol over the Black Sea was interacted by two Russian fighter aircraft on Thursday. One of the Russian aircraft released a missile, which Russia stated was due to a “technical malfunction”.

    Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the patrols were temporarily suspended, only to be resumed later escorted by fighter aircraft.

    He added: “In light of this potentially dangerous engagement I have communicated my concerns to the Russian counterpart.”

    Russia acknowledged the incident took place in international airspace.

    Detailing the incident, Mr Wallace told Parliament: “I would also like to share with the House details of a recent incident which occurred in international airspace over the Black Sea.

    Mr Wallace added: “We don’t consider this a deliberate escalation by the Russians. Our analysis would concur it was a malfunction.”

    He concluded his report into the incident over the Black Sea by telling the Commons: “The UK Ministry of Defence has shared this information with allies and, after consultation, I have restarted routine patrols, but this time escorted by fighter aircraft.

    “Everything we do is considered calibrated with regard to ongoing conflict in the region and in accordance with international law.

    “We welcome Russia’s acknowledgement this was in international airspace, and the UK has conducted regular sorties with the RAF Rivet Joint in international airspace over the Black Sea since 2019 and we will continue to do so.”

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    Mr Wallace suggested the Black Sea incident shows the Russian military are “not beyond” deciding “the rules don’t apply to them”.

    He also asked the public to have faith in the UK’s attempt to “walk that sometimes tightrope” when responding to Russian aggression.

    He said: “Calibration is incredibly important to me. We are dealing with the president and indeed a Russian forces who, as we have seen from the Rivet Joint incident, are not beyond making the wrong calculation or indeed deciding that the rules don’t apply to them.

    “And that is why for those constituents of ours who will be fearful that this support could lead somewhere, I ask them to have faith in us, and indeed all of us in this chamber, that we do work this very detailed response to try and make sure we walk that sometimes tightrope, and make sure it is in the right place to do it.”



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