USA military channels discussed with Moscow the flight of aircraft over the battleship

The official White house spokesman Josh Ernest

USA brought to the attention of the Russian authorities its concern about the rapprochement of the Russian su-24 with an American destroyer in the Baltic sea, on Board of which was the Polish helicopter, said the official representative of the White house Josh Ernest at the briefing on Thursday. According to him, usually in such cases the U.S. position brings to the Moscow military attache of the U.S. Embassy.

“I can tell you that this communication took place. We will seek dispute resolution through the established military channels,” said Ernest, noting that it was “the most effective and most frequently used channel for the expression of concern” on such matters.

On the question of journalists about whether there will be a telephone conversation of presidents of Russia and the United States, Ernest replied: “I would not rule out talking presidents. But if it takes place, it will not be a direct response to this incident. President Obama consults with President Putin on a number of issues, including the current situation in Ukraine. We will inform you if will be scheduled for any call of the President [Obama]”.

Before Ernest, commenting on the situation, stressed that the incident “is completely incompatible with professional norms of military personnel who work in close proximity to each other in international waters and international airspace”.

Earlier Thursday in connection with the incident of the Polish foreign Ministry summoned the Russian Ambassador to Poland. The Minister Witold Waszczykowski said Poland and the US will jointly consider the responses to the incident.

That next to the American destroyer “Donald cook” in the Baltic sea for the last few days “very close” flew the Russian su-24 bombers without weapons, yesterday CNN reported a U.S. official. The Wall Street Journal wrote, referring to official representatives of the US authorities that one of the approaches occurred at the very moment when from the deck of the destroyer was to Polish up the helicopter, causing the takeoff had to be postponed.

Two attack aircraft over missile destroyer of the USA «Donald cook" in the Baltic sea. April 12, 2016.
Photo: AP

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Two attack aircraft missile over the U.S. destroyer “Donald cook” in the Baltic sea. April 12, 2016. Photo: AP

Then about the actions of the Russian su-24 was reported by Reuters U.S. official. According to him, the Russian planes simulated attack approach. He described the incident as one of the most aggressive actions during the recent years. Later the us military has released video and photos of the U.S. Navy. The photographs of the Russian plane is very close to the American ship.

On the morning of 14 April, an unnamed military source in the U.S. told Reuters that three days ago was conducted 20 flights over the deck of the American ship at a height less than 100 feet (about 30 m) and less than 1000 yards (900 m) from the destroyer. On the second day the planes flew even lower.

Thursday commented on the incident the Ministry of defence. The official representative of Department major General Igor Konashenkov said that the Russian planes turned away with observance of all security measures. He explained that the American destroyer at the time of the flyby Russian su-24 was located about 70 km from the Russian naval base, and on the day of rapprochement with the destroyer crews of su-24 aircraft of the Russian space forces performed routine training flights over neutral waters of the Baltic sea. Konashenkov added that “all the aircraft belonging to the Russian VKS carried out in strict accordance with international rules of using airspace over neutral waters”.