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    The British Embassy in Russia in its Telegram channel stated about the incorrect interpretation of the events involving the aircraft of the Royal Air Force and fighter aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces. They noted that the flight of the British RC-135W Rivet Joint electronic intelligence aircraft on August 15 was agreed in advance and took place in international airspace, it did not violate Russian borders.

    The British aircraft team was in contact with Russian air traffic controllers and acted safely and professionally,” the diplomatic mission said.

    The Russian Ministry of Defense on Monday reported a violation by the British reconnaissance aircraft of the state border of the Russian Federation over the waters of the Barents Sea. The MiG-31BM fighter flew to intercept, which forced the British Boeing out of the state border of the Russian Federation.

    The MiG-31BM fighter was raised by the air defense forces on duty, which identified it as an RC-135 RAF aircraft for electronic intelligence and electronic warfare. An aerial target violated the state border of Russia in the area of ​​Cape Svyatoy Nos, ”the Ministry of Defense reported.

    On August 16, the Ministry of Defense reported The UK has previously applied for an RC-135 flight on a route that also runs over Russian territory. The agency called it a deliberate provocation.

    “The UK has filed an application with a flight plan for the flight of a British RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft along a route that also runs over the territory of the Russian Federation. We consider this action as a deliberate provocation of the Russian Aerospace Forces, the task was set to prevent violations of Russian airspace. All possible consequences from this deliberate provocation will lie solely on the side of the UK, ”the military department said.

    aircraft in the airspace of the Russian Federation. He urged the British side not to create a hotbed of tension in the Arctic.

    “We urge our British colleagues not to follow this very risky path, not to create in the Arctic, a region that has been declared an area of ​​peace and cooperation, an artificial hotbed of tension out of the blue, ” said he.

    He added that the actions of the British military are a deliberate provocation and a flagrant violation of international law. The purpose of the RAF, he said, was “to try to break open our defenses and test the limits of our patience.”

    British destroyer in Crimea

    Gusarov also compared this situation with the incident with the British destroyer Defender, which entered the territorial waters of Crimea in June 2021. Then the British destroyer crossed the Russian border near Cape Fiolent (Crimea). The Russian border ship, after repeated warnings, fired, and the Su-24M front-line bomber fired “warning bombing” at the destroyer’s course.

    The British side then announced that it recognized Crimea as part of Ukraine, respectively the destroyer’s passage took place in accordance with international law.

    “We had every right to carry out such peaceful passage through the territorial waters of Ukraine in accordance with international law. We will continue to act in the same way,” said former British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

    “They can get it in full”

    Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Defense Mikhail Shvytkin, in a conversation with Gazeta, said that the UK “has crossed the norms of what is permitted “. He noted that NATO member countries are going to deliberate provocations against the backdrop of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine.

    “I think that such provocative actions should be stopped. Once again, the idea is confirmed that impunity gives rise to new, more serious types of not just offenses, but crimes. Because it is crossing the state border of our country. And, of course, in this case, there should be actions up to the fire destruction of the enemy or the landing of an aircraft on our airfield, ”he said.

    He noted that Russia strictly follows the norms of international law , and the countries of the West, including the NATO bloc, grossly violate them.

    “Tomorrow, a combat aircraft with nuclear weapons on board may come in. We must stop these actions in the bud. Yes, for the first time there really was no need to use a warning shot or (shot) to kill.

    In turn, the first deputy head International Committee of the Federation Council Vladimir Dzhabarov warned the British side against violating Russian borders. He also recalled the incident with the destroyer Defender.

    “If it’s by chance, I think they’ll explain. If this is intentional, he will simply not return to his base next time. They are playing with fire,” the senator said.

    He noted that such provocations were caused by an attempt to test the reaction of the Russian side. “This is an attempt by the UK to get on our nerves. They can get it in full,” said Dzhabarov. “With a different level of tension in the international situation, this could be called a border incident. But today it clearly smells like a provocation and a test of us “on the tooth.” We made it clear that our military teeth are stronger, as is endurance,” he said.

    Senator Sergei Tsekov also noted that Russia’s borders are reliably protected, and “we can resist any threat directed against us.”

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