NATO’s air surveillance and control system on August 11 tracked an object over the Black Sea heading from Crimean territory towards the alliance’s borders. The object was subsequently identified as a Russian military aircraft. This was reported by the Joint Air Block Command on Thursday, August 13.
“On August 11, NATO’s air surveillance and control system recorded stable air activity in international airspace over the Black Sea <...> With joint efforts, fighter jets from Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria were able to respond to an unidentified aircraft flying from the Crimea to NATO territory <...>, which was identified as a Russian military aircraft,” – said the alliance, specifying that later the object was identified as a Russian military aircraft.
The routine measures, as noted, were implemented at a professional level “to protect the airspace of NATO allies.
On August 8, an article by Ted Galen Carpenter, a senior research fellow at the Cato Institute, was published in which the expert states that air interceptions involving U.S. and Russian aircraft could lead to tragedy. In his opinion, data from reconnaissance aircraft are unlikely to be more useful than satellite imagery, so the U.S. authorities should be more cautious in “air collisions”, which have serious consequences.
On July 15, the U.S. Air Force`s long-range reconnaissance drone flew for many hours near Russia`s borders in the Black Sea, the Caucasus, and the Russian borders with the Donbass.
The RQ-4A Global Hawk drone flew along the southern coast of the Crimea, as well as the Krasnodar Territory, and then entered Georgian airspace, where it conducted surveillance near the borders of Russia in the Caucasus, as well as Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
On its way back, the drone continued its flight along the coast of Kuban and the Crimea.
In total, the drone remained near the southern borders of Russia for about nine hours.