On Friday, a NATO official announced that a Polish jet patrolling over the Black Sea near Romania on behalf of Frontex, the EU’s border agency, had a concerning encounter with a Russian aircraft.
“NATO air policing detachments were put on higher readiness in response to the dangerous behavior of a Russian military plane in the vicinity of a Polish Frontex aircraft over the Black Sea near Romania,” the official said, according to a report from Zerohedge.
The Romanian Defense Ministry released a statement accusing Russia of provoking the Polish aircraft. “This incident is further proof of the provocative approach of the Russian Federation in the Black Sea,” the ministry’s statement said.
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The incident with the Frontex jet is not the first dangerous encounter between NATO and Russian aircraft. In March, a Russian fighter jet downed a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone near Crimea.
According to recently leaked Pentagon documents, another near miss occurred on September 29 that almost resulted in a Russian jet shooting down a British surveillance plane when a Russian pilot fired a missile at the plane after misinterpreting information from a radar operator. The missile malfunctioned.
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