18:03 GMT02 July 2020
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    Whtie House spokesperson Josh Earnest said that United States has raised concerns about the recent incident of two Russian Su-24 bombers flying close to US guided missile destroyer Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea through its military defense attache at the US embassy in Moscow.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) The United States has raised concerns about the recent incident of two Russian Su-24 bombers flying close to US guided missile destroyer Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea through its military defense attache at the US embassy in Moscow, Whtie House spokesperson Josh Earnest said during a press briefing on Thursday. 

    "The United States has raised our concerns with the Russians, fortunately there is a well-established process for doing so, it's not at all uncommon for Russian military aircrafts to engage in acts like this, so we typically would raise concerns about this through the military defense attache at the US Embassy in Moscow, I can tell you that that communication has occurred," Earnest explained.

    The White House spokesperson said that Washington and Moscow would seek to resolve its differences through "a well-established military channel."

    On Wednesday, the United States expressed concern after two Russian Su-24 bombers came in close proximity with the US guided missile destroyer. Washington officials said the combat jets flew in a manner that resembled an attack, ignoring safety advisories.

    Earnest explained that communicating through the defense attache about the incident was the "most effective channel," and that there was "little value in further escalating the situation."

    Moreover, the White House spokesperson would not rule out a potential phone call concerning the incident between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama.

    Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. General Igor Konashenkov said the two Su-24 bombers were conducting planned training flights in neutral waters in the Baltic Sea, and had swerved away from the US warship once they identified it.


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