In a tense incident over the Black Sea, a Russian fighter jet collided with a US drone. This has resulted in heightened tensions between the two nations. The incident occurred in international airspace, according to officials.
The Russian jet was on a routine patrol mission when it collided with the US drone. The impact caused the drone to crash into the sea, while the jet reportedly landed safely at a nearby airbase. There were no reported injuries on either side.
The collision marks the latest flare-up between the two countries in the Black Sea region, which has become a hotbed of military activity in recent years. Both Russia and the US have increased their presence in the region in response to perceived threats from each other.
The incident is likely to further strain relations between Moscow and Washington, which have been at odds on a range of issues including the conflict in Syria and allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential Election.
The US has condemned the incident, calling it a violation of international law. The Russian Defense Ministry has brushed off the incident, calling it a routine encounter and stating that the jet was carrying out a “visual inspection” of the drone.
The incident is still under investigation by both sides, and it remains to be seen what the fallout will be from this latest clash in the Black Sea.