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US Spy Planes Spotted Near Russia’s Crimea

© Northrop GrummanThe US Air Force plans to replace Lockheed Martin’s infamous U-2 spy plane with Northrop Grumman’s RQ-4 Global Hawk.
The US Air Force plans to replace Lockheed Martin’s infamous U-2 spy plane with Northrop Grumman’s RQ-4 Global Hawk. - Sputnik International
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US surveillance planes have intensified flights along the Russian border, according to the CivMilAir portal, which monitors military aviation flights worldwide.

An EP-3 Aries reconnaissance plane with the aircraft number 157326 flew out of a US Air Force base on Crete on an hours-long mission off the Crimean coast and Russia’s southern region of Krasnodar.

In a parallel development, a RQ-4A Global Hawk strategic drone with aircraft number 10-2043, operating out of an airbase on Sicily, likewise cruised along the Crimean and Kuban coastlines, CivMilAir reported.

​US surveillance aircraft have been regularly spotted near the Russian border since January.

​All earlier calls by the Russian Defense Ministry for Washington to cease and desist from flying such missions in the direct vicinity of Russian airspace have been turned down by the Pentagon.

​READ MORE: Sharp-Eyed Observers Spot US Spy Planes Snooping Along Russia's Borders

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