09:11 GMT +320 October 2019
Listen Live
    Sukhoi Su-25 ground-attack planes of the Russian Aerospace Forces prepare to depart from the Hmeimim airbase in Syria for their permanent location in Russia

    US Flyby Incidents Linked to NATO Troop Deployment Near Russia - Lawmaker

    Russian Defense Ministry
    Get short URL

    Russian and US military planes reports are exaggerated amid NATO alliance expansion near the Russian border, a senior Russian lawmaker said Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Media reports magnifying incidents with Russian and US military planes come amid news that NATO will deploy additional forces near the Russian border, a senior Russian lawmaker said Saturday.

    Earlier in the day, US media reported that NATO member states were preparing to deploy about 4,000 troops – four battalions — in the Baltic states and Poland as part of the Alliance’s strategy of military buildup on the Russian border.

    "Now it becomes completely clear why the United States needed a hype around the interception of a US spy plane over the Baltic Sea and the incident with the Donald Cook destroyer. This was information preparing for the additional placement of four battalions of NATO in the Baltic region," Franz Klintsevich, the first deputy chair of the upper-house Committee on Security and Defense, told RIA Novosti.

    On April 13, the United States expressed concern after Russian Su-24 tactical bombers flew over the US guided missile destroyer Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea.

    On Friday, US media reported that a Russian Su-27 jet performed a "barrel-roll" over a US Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance plane in the Baltic Sea.


    'Utterly Confused' US No-Fly Zones Target Syrian Government, Russia
    US, Czech Experts to Fly Over Russia Under Open Skies Treaty - Official
    US-Led Coalition Launches Drone Strike Amid Russia's Request to Clear Sky
    Finnish Government: Joining NATO Would Cause Major Crisis with Russia
    military, plane, troops, NATO, United States, Russia
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik