The command of the US air force has suspended the flights of reconnaissance planes to the Crimea after the end of the strategic exercises of the armed forces of Russia “Caucasus-2016”. About it reports “Interfax” with reference to the operational data from Western sites, tracking movement of military aviation.
Large-scale military exercises “Caucasus-2016” held on the grounds of the southern military district and in the waters of the Black and Caspian seas from 5 to 10 September. The exercise was attended by 12.5 thousand military equipment, aircraft and fleet.
During the exercise the coast of the Crimea repeatedly approached the American reconnaissance aircraft. Thus, on 8 September, it was reported that the borders of Russia on the Black sea flew four reconnaissance aircraft. Two of them flew with the Greek air base of Souda Bay, and the rest of the Sigonella airbase in Sicily.
On 9 September the Crimean coast approached two patrol reconnaissance aircraft of the US Navy P-8A Poseidon. Both planes took off from an air base in Sigonella, Sicily.