The “hype” around the incident with the American aircraft and destroyers in the area of the Baltic sea due to the placement of additional NATO troops in the Baltic States, said the first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Frants Klintsevich.
“Now it becomes definitively clear, why did the US need the buzz surrounding the interception of a us spy plane over the Baltic sea and the incident with the Donald Cook destroyer. It was information preparing for additional deployment of four battalions of NATO in the Baltic region. Questions to the North Atlantic Alliance I have. In fact, a filing with the US it continues its strategic policy of encirclement of Russia”, — said Klintsevich (quoted by “Interfax”).
According to the Senator, the concentration of troops where there is no need to only gives rise to additional risks. In addition, NATO troops do not guarantee security of the Baltic countries, said the Klintsevich.
Earlier, on 30 April, The Wall Street Journal, citing Western officials said that NATO plans to deploy in Poland and the Baltic countries four battalions of up to 4,000 people. It is expected that two battalions will give the US, one from UK and Germany, has noted the edition of the Deputy Minister of defense Robert Wark told the WSJ that the transfer of additional forces associated with numerous military exercises with the participation of a large number of servicemen held by Russia on its borders.
On the eve of the USA have accused Russia of dangerous maneuvers near the American spy plane in international airspace over the Baltic sea. According to the U.S. Department of defense, a Russian fighter jet made aerobatics “barrel” (revolution about the longitudinal axis by 360 degrees) about 30 metres from us aircraft.
In Moscow, these accusations said that the flights of Russian aircraft comply with international rules of airspace use. “We are already starting to get used to the insults of representatives of the Pentagon for alleged “unprofessional” maneuvers of our fighters in intercepting the Russian borders American reconnaissance aircraft,” — said the official representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia major-General Igor Konashenkov. He also added that the us reconnaissance aircraft RC-135U “every time is trying to sneak up to the Russian border with the transponder turned off”.
In early April, a U.S. official told CNN that near a US destroyer in the Baltic sea “very close” flew the Russian su-24 bombers without weapons. As wrote The Wall Street Journal, citing official representatives of the U.S. government, one of these encounters occurred at the moment when from the deck of the destroyer was to Polish up the helicopter. According to the American official, who spoke about the incident to Reuters that the Russian planes simulated attack run. A spokesman described the incident as one of the most aggressive actions in recent times.
U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry called the incident with the convergence of Russian su-24 with an American destroyer “reckless” and “provocative” behavior, and expressed his intention to discuss with the foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov. In addition, the United States through military attache brought to the attention of Moscow their concern about the situation.
In turn, the defense Ministry announced that the crews of su-24 aircraft when flying over an American destroyer in international waters of the Baltic sea comply with all security measures, and called the U.S. reaction “painful and incomprehensible” as the ship was only 70 miles from the Russian naval base.