Moscow says fighter jet intercepted RAF spy plane after it ‘crossed Russian state border near hypersonic missile test sites’
- Moscow says it ‘intercepted’ a British RC-135 reconnaissance plane
- A pro-Putin political leader demanded a ‘tough’ response from the Kremlin
- The Ministry of Defense has not yet responded to Moscow’s complaint about the violation of airspace
Moscow claimed to have scrambled a MiG-31BM fighter to hunt an RAF spy plane that “illegally crossed the Russian state border into the Arctic”.
The British RC-135 reconnaissance plane was “intercepted” over the Barents Sea, according to reports.
A pro-Putin political leader has demanded a “tough” response from the Kremlin.
The Ministry of Defense has not yet responded to MailOnline’s request for comment on Moscow’s claim.
Russia did not immediately show footage of when it alleged the RAF plane flew in its airspace near the distant Cape Svyatoy Nos in the Murmansk region.
Instead, he highlighted a video of a seemingly unrelated MiG-31BM and Su-34 drill rig from the Perm region.
Footage from the Perm region of MiG-31BM and Su-34 scrambling and refueling used in Zvezda State TV’s report of the alleged interception of an RAF reconnaissance aircraft. The Russian MiG-31BM fighter-interceptor, which it claims intercepted a British spy plane, is pictured here
Footage from the Perm region of MiG-31BM and Su-34 scrambling and refueling used in Zvezda State TV’s report on the alleged interception of an RAF reconnaissance aircraft
The footage shows the planes refueling at an undisclosed location. Russian state media provided no evidence of the interception
Russian media channel shares route of RAF RC-135W plane reportedly intercepted over Barents Sea
Television news bulletins were interrupted to shed light on the alleged British incursion on state television channels.
The Rossiya 1 channel announced: ‘Now an urgent report from the Ministry of Defence. A British RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft violated Russia’s state border over the Barents Sea.
“Air defense teams on duty have detected an unknown aerial target. A MiG-31BM fighter was dispatched to intercept it. His crew chased the intruder from our airspace in the area of Cape Svyatoy Nos.
The RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft has been described as a “radio-electronic warplane” in Russian media.
A map showed the British aircraft’s alleged route to the Arctic from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.
The coastline of the Murmansk region includes the headquarters of the Russian Northern Fleet and multiple secret military bases and installations.
It also includes test locations for Vladimir Putin’s hypersonic weapons.
MP Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the international committee of the lower house of the Russian parliament and leader of the ultranationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), said: “A reconnaissance plane violated the Russian state border near Cape Svyatoy Our…
“It seems that those who issue such absurd and provocative orders have forgotten how a British destroyer slipped into Russian territorial waters only to be stopped by our border guards.
Vladimir Putin (pictured in Moscow) often communicates via state-funded media outlets such as Rossiya 1. The TV station said it scrambled a MiG-31BM fighter to hunt an RAF spy plane which ‘came through illegally crossing the Russian state border in the Arctic”.
The Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile is launched from Russia’s Admiral Gorshkov guided missile frigate during a test in the White Sea, in this still image taken from video released on October 7, 2020
“The inviolability of Russian borders is a fundamental principle, which should not be put to the test.
“I am confident that a response to any intrusion will be tough enough.”
Russian reports said it was rare for NATO planes to “violate” Russian airspace.
Russia has previously accused Britain of violating its territory when this was challenged by the UK Ministry of Defence.
No concrete evidence of an air breach of the border was initially provided by the Russians.
Stock Photo: A British RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft is pictured over the Black Sea, photographed in December 2021
The Russian Navy is the artic is depicted. Russia says a NATO plane violated its airspace in the region